Panos South Asia’s (PSA) Relay programme is based in India’s Northeast region. From 2006 activities have been concentrated in Assam, Manipur, Megalahya and Nagaland. Work has also taken place in Jammu and Kashmir and Bangladesh.
Relay has a strong reputation in the region as a neutral intermediary who can provide safe spaces for multi-stakeholder dialogue and bring together different ethnic, and professional, communities including journalists, activists, and researchers. This leads to new ideas and solutions and diffuses sensitive issues.
An example of outreach is Ishan, a popular publication containing translations of research on specific issues into Assamese. It is well received by readers, particularly journalists who use it as a source for stories.
“Research is important in enhancing the quality of discourse on conflict and other related issues in Assam”, says Arup Joyti Das, PSA Relay Programme Managr
Relay also supports journalist fellows in Northeast India to develop a series of outputs over a 3-6 month period. This gives journalists time to develop story ideas, identify research and develop relationships with researchers who can offer new angles and evidence. Journalists also undertake field visits to speak to those most affected by the issues.