Centre for Policy Alternatives
The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) was formed in 1996 in the firm belief that the vital contribution of civil society to the public policy debate is in need of strengthening. Focusing primarily on issues of governance and conflict resolution, CPA is committed to programmes of research and advocacy through which public policy is critiqued, alternatives identified and disseminated. CPA is an independent, non-partisan organization which receives funds from international and bilateral funding agencies and foundations.

UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish scientific breakthroughs. Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication are the means to a far more ambitious goal : to build peace in the minds of men.

Today, UNESCO functions as a laboratory of ideas and a standard-setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues. The Organization also serves as a clearinghouse – for the dissemination and sharing of information and knowledge – while helping Member States to build their human and institutional capacities in diverse fields. In short, UNESCO promotes international co-operation among its 192* Member States and six Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.

UNESCO is working to create the conditions for genuine dialogue based upon respect for shared values and the dignity of each civilization and culture.

This role is critical, particularly in the face of terrorism, which constitutes an attack against humanity. The world urgently requires global visions of sustainable development based upon observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which lie at the heart of UNESCO’s mission and activities.

International Media Support
Our vision
To enhance peace, stability, democracy, freedom of expression and pluralism of the press in conflict and conflict threatened areas through rapid assistance to media practitioners and media institutions.

The long-term strategic vision of International Media Support is to contribute to peace, stability and the development of democracy in conflict and conflict threatened areas. This is achieved through rapid interventions to promote and strengthen press freedom and professional journalism and to improve the working conditions of local journalists and media practitioners.

The aim is to allow the population in endangered areas to exercise their right to express themselves freely – also in times of crisis.

Our principles of operation
* IMS is committed to freedom of expression and related international human rights standards endorsed by the international community. IMS provides support to media, which promote democratic development.
* IMS promotes conditions for professional journalism to develop. IMS is a support mechanism for professional peers and strives not to be affiliated with unethical journalism.
* IMS promotes the role of the media in de-escalating rather than escalating a conflict.
* IMS provides assistance to independent media and to other media related institutions where professional journalism can be promoted.