Relay has been operating in Eastern Africa since 2005, with Panos Eastern Africa (PEA) leading activities in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Southern Sudan.
Relay in Eastern Africa pioneered the candid ‘Icebreaker’ workshops, which gives journalists and researchers an opportunity to air the frustrations of trying to work with one another, and exploring the potential benefits of collaboration.
“Relay works to break down the lack of trust that exists between researchers and journalists which is one of the major obstacles to communicating research through the media, and tends to be more acute in Africa,” says Joel Okao, Media Advisor at Panos Eastern Africa.
Relay in Eastern Africa also published a ‘Media Handbook for Development Researchers’, a guide for researchers to engage with the media, including case studies and practical tips for giving interviews and writing press releases and opinion pieces.
Relay has worked on issues relevant to the region including tax and governance, economic growth and poverty reduction, sexual and reproductive health and land rights.