Institute for War and Peace Reporting

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Institute for War & Peace Reporting (or IWPR for short) is an international media development charity, established in 1991. It runs major programmes in Afghanistan,[1] the Caucasus,[2] Central Asia,[3] Iraq,[4] the Balkans,[5] Congo DRC,[6] Tunisia and Uganda.[7] IWPR programmes provide intensive hands-on training, extensive reporting and publishing experience to build the capacity of local media. Many of the resulting stories and outputs are shown on the organisation's website as news reports, radio archives and video shorts.


IWPR was founded in the autumn of 1991 under the name Yugofax. Begun by Anthony Borden from the USA, Ben Cohen and Vanessa Quick, both from the UK, as well as Serbian journalist Miloš Vasić. Yugofax was initially a newsletter that focused on the troubling developments throughout the Balkans from a liberal perspective. As the Balkan conflict soon developed into an all out war, Yugofax newsletter changed its name to Balkan War Report.

Eventually, in late 1995, after the Dayton Peace Accord was signed thus ending the war in Bosnia, the newsletter expanded its area of focus to other global trouble spots (initially mainly focusing on ex-Soviet republics) and adjusted its name to simply War Report.

In 1998, the newsletter changed its name again, this time to Institute for War & Peace Reporting and registered as a non-governmental organization.

They are registered with charitable status in the United Kingdom (charity reg. no: 1027201, company reg. no: 2744185), in the United States under IRS Section 501(c)(3); and The Netherlands as a charitable foundation.


IWPR is an international network of three partner not-for-profit organisations. They are governed by Boards of Trustees of senior journalists, peace-building and human rights experts, regional specialists, and business and NGO professionals. An International Council links the Boards; the International Chairman is Sir David Bell, ex-chairman of the Financial Times.

Notable participants[edit]

  • Malala Yousafzai, Swat, Pakistan. Participated in the "Open Minds" project, which brought journalism training and discussions of current affairs to 42 schools in Pakistan. The program also edited their work and put them in touch with local newspapers. Yousafzai's own success had inspired other young people, and many of those approaching the program were girls.[8]


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