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Pambazuka News, published by Fahamu since 2000, is a weekly Pan-African electronic newsletter and platform for social justice in Africa. Pambazuka News provides contemporary commentary and in-depth analysis on politics and current affairs. It also promotes human rights for refugees. It is designed to be a tool for progressive social change.
Pambazuka News is published in English, Portuguese and French. Since the year 2000 more than 400 issues have been published. It has an estimated readership of half a million. Pambazuka News also produces the AU Monitor blog which provides regular feedback to Africa's civil society organizations on what is happening with the African Union.
The podcasts and video podcasts produced by the Pambazuka team were among the first African podcasts. Pambazuka News was also a key player in the campaign for the ratification of the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa .
Fahamu’s flagship publication is Pambazuka News, an open access, Pan-African e-mail and online newsletter. By 2012 it had been published in English, French, and Portuguese. It has approximately 15,000 subscribers and an estimated weekly readership of at least 500,000 people. Pambazuka News has been generated predominantly in Africa since the year 2000. Its 400th issue was published in 2008. It is produced by a Pan-African community of over 1,200 citizens including academics, social activists, writers, and more who produce analyses that make it an innovative and influential sites for social justice in Africa. Pambazuka publishes broadcasts and special reports and has triggered the development of book publications since its founding as a newspaper. Future developments for this entity may include a nonprofit sector, aimed at helping them fund what is actually happening in Africa and to help bring more information to the world.
Pambazuka broadcasts feature audio and video content with commentary and debate from social justice movements across the continent. These multimedia products are distributed widely and used by community and mainstream radio broadcasters. The podcasts can be listened to on the Pambazuka website, or downloaded for free through iTunes.
Fahamu publications provide a source of policy analysis from within Africa. A very important part of their mission is to publish news and information and to stimulate debates, discussions, and analysis on human rights and social justice in Africa by Africans. Fahamu produces a series of special reports, some of which are published in Pambazuka News, and some of which are made available as separate downloadable documents from the website.
Pambazuka was unexpectedly successful from the start, according to founding editor Firoze Manji. It has received praise from many Africans and non-Africans alike. “Pambazuka News has, in the short time of its existence, carved a niche for itself as an important forum where Africans talk frankly among themselves and reflect on the condition of their continent and its place in the new global order. For far too long, Africa and Africans were pushed to the margin of global discourse. Others spoke for them, very often misrepresenting and distorting the reality to suit their own interests. This no longer occurs, due to the efforts of Pambazuka and its team of writers, analysts and editors.” -Dr Ike Okonta, Department of Politics, University of Oxford 
- Pambazuka News was voted one of the top ten websites for 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 in the annual 'Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics' award organised by PoliticsOnline and eDemocracy Forum.
- Pambazuka News won the non-profit category of the sixth annual Highway Africa awards for the innovative use of new media.
- Fahamu is one of five Tech Laureates in the 2005 Microsoft Education Award category of the Tech Museum Awards, representing the "best of the best technologists whose innovations benefit humanity".
- AOL innovations in the community award 2004, for innovations in the use of SMS for advocacy work.
- Fahamu South Africa is one of the 10 winners of the Gender and Agriculture in the Information Society (GenARDIS) 2005 Award.
- In 2004, Fahamu was runner up in the Stockholm Challenge awards for the development of distance learning courses for human rights organisations.
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