Monday, 16 February 2015

People in Need

The People in Need (PIN) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based on the ideas of humanism, freedom, equality and solidarity. PIN consider human dignity and freedom to be the basic values. PIN believe that people anywhere in the world should have a right to make decisions about their lives and to share the rights expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The People in Need Organization was established in 1992 by a group of war and foreign correspondents who were no longer satisfied with just bringing back information to the Czech Republic. Instead, they began sending out aid. It gradually became established as a professional humanitarian organization striving to provide aid in troubled regions and support adherence to human rights around the world.

Within the twenty years of its existence People in Need has become one of the biggest non-profit organization in Central Europe. Apart from humanitarian aid and human rights, it started targeting the field of education as well as helping people living in social exclusion.
People in Need is a member of Alliance2015, a strategic network of seven European non-governmental organizations engaged in humanitarian assistance and development projects. This collaboration yields effective results both in the target countries and in campaigns aimed at influencing the attitudes of politicians and the general public in Europe.

Nowadays, the foundation’s activities are focused on four main areas:
  • Emergency relief and development cooperation
  • Human Rights Support
  • Social Integration Programmes
  • Educational and informational programs

The People in Need  is one of the implmenting partners of the M4D project. PIN's role is to cooperate with project partners and primarily implement joint and national activities to the raise general public awareness about global development issues, their connection to our lives and about the influence of our everyday choices on global challenges. 

National activities planned for 2015
  • Establishing relationships with journalists and involving them into the trainings for journalists that will build their capacities in reporting about development issues and prepare them for media trips to developing countries
  • In collaboration with major printed media a media campaign will be organized
  • Development issues will be also promoted on website and facebook. One media supplement is planned for the second half of the year
  • A national opinion poll will be conducted
  • Policy-makers and other stakeholders will be engaged and invited to the an international policy roundtable about financing for development organized by Green Liberty
  • 4 quarterly bulletins on development cooperation both in printed as well as electronic version will be developed. These bulletins target relevant decision makers, i.e. members of Czech national Parliament and Czech representatives in European Parliament, Ministries' officials and key development experts, scholars and NGO representatives
  • Raising public awareness of development cooperation and the European Year of Development through public events, media outcomes, website and facebook 

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