Reporting Research

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About Relay

The Relay programme brings researchers and journalists together to improve media coverage of critical development issues.

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Where we work

Relay works in Eastern Africa and South Asia in collaboration with Panos Network institutes. In Eastern Africa, focus countries include Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. In South Asia, the focus is on India’s Northeast region and Bangladesh.

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Eastern Africa

Panos Eastern Africa (PEA) leads on implementation in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.


South Asia

Panos South Asia (PSA) leads on implementation in Northeast India.


What we do

Relay works on three main themes – Governance, Health and the Environment.

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Researcher conducting a health survey in Bangladesh / Jenny Matthews - Panos Pictures

Learning & ImpactView all

Relay aims to document and share knowledge, learning, and impact generated from the experience of our projects on the ground.

Engaging media on tax research in Kenya and Uganda

This case study describes a project carried out by Panos Eastern Africa in 2011 as part of the Relay Programme, to strengthen media capacity to improve reporting on tax and governance in Kenya and Uganda


Reporting research on dams and development in NE India

This case study shares learning and results from a Panos South Asia project as part of the Relay programme, to report research on dams and development in Northeast India.


UDN works with the media to report research – video

Walter Akwat, Communications Officer at the Uganda Debt Network (UDN) talks about his collaboration with journalists and explains how Relay programme has helped his research organisation appreciate the role of the media and improve their communications strategy


Labourers harvest tea, Kenya. Sven Torfinn/Panos Pictures

Practical resourcesView all

Relay produces practical resources to support academics and researchers to make their work more widely known through the media – and to help journalists use research as a source for reporting on critical development issues.

How-to guide

Customers view newspapers at a news stand in Dar es Salam, Tanzania. Mark Henley - Panos Pictures
Media Handbook for Development Researchers

Relay developed this guide to show development researchers in Eastern Africa how to communicate their findings to and through the media.

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Topic guide

Peace can only be arrived at when former fighters are disarmed and successfully reintegrated into their community / Sven Torfinn - Panos Pictures
From soldier to civilian: Challenges of reintergration

Armed conflict is an all too familiar theme for journalists in many parts of Africa and Asia. But what happens when the fighting stops? Do people just put down their guns and go home? Do they even have homes to go to? And how will they make a living and support their families? The end of hostilities is often only the beginning of a much longer period of building peace.

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Latest blog posts

Making research available to wider audiences is at the heart of the Relay programme   - Tim Smith / Panos Pictures

‘Academic spring’ all year round

Wellcome Trust and the World Bank show their support for the Open Access initiative.

11 Apr | Read more

Read Relay’s new case studies!

Read the case studies from Relay projects in Northeast India and Eastern Africa, sharing results, approaches and learning on research reporting.

2 Apr | Read more

‘Dammed’ communities?

Large dams are being built to meet the energy and water needs. But if dams are to offer development opportunities for all, emphasis needs to be on benefit sharing, especially with local communities.

22 Mar | Read more

What makes a good tax story? – video

It is not very often an article on taxation is described as ‘heart-wrenching’. Yet our journalist fellow from Uganda, Alon Mwesigwa, managed to spark an online debate.

15 Mar | Read more