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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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


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

Getting into the kitchen: Media strategies for research

In the words of a South African researcher, the media can help in linking research to policy processes by “getting you into the kitchen, being part of the soup-making”.

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Topic guide

Better connected – empowering people through communications technology

The development of new information and communications technologies (ICTs) such as mobile phones, personal computers and the Internet has the potential to improve the lives of millions of people. But issues around access, ownership of the technology and how much it costs may mean that relatively few individuals benefit to the exclusion of everyone else.

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Latest blog posts

‘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