RELAY : Communicating Research and placing information in the public domain
The RELAY programme emerged out of a need to communicate research and place information in the public domain. Various institutions do conduct research, but very little of it reaches the public sphere. From its objective to sensitise the Northern media about issues in the South, the idea has further evolved and RELAY now is at various stages of implementation in Panos Southern Africa, Panos Eastern Africa and Panos South Asia. The larger theme in most of the implementing regions is Conflict and related issues of development, land alienation and rehabilitation of combat returnees. In South Asia, RELAY has been completed in Sri Lanka.It is an ongoing process in Northeast India and is gathering momentum in Kashmir. Relay will soon expand to Nepal also.
PSA’s Relay project has undertaken several exercises that help to build bridges between the research and media communities, thereby facilitating greater access to research and dissemination of toolkits for journalists on issues of land and rehabilitation, and scoping/mapping of research. One of the major components of the project is a Media Research Environment Review, which is in the process of completion. This review is expected to help Panos to better engage with the media in the regions of its activities. As a part of the larger goal of Panos in building greater capacity with the media, RELAY has enhanced both the scope and potential to bring information to the public domain and to promote informed opinion. The Media outputs in the form of documentaries, interviews, discussions and reports are ready.
Under the Relay programme, PSA office has commissioned several articles and scripts (for radio and television) from academics and journalists in the region. Work on the production of radio programmes on “Land alienation and roots of ethnic conflict” in collaboration with North Eastern Social Research Centre (NESRC), Guwahati and International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) is also under way.