Who we are
Powerful Information is a British charity specialising in grassroots international development. We have a small professional team (based in Milton Keynes) supported by freelance consultants and volunteers, and operate in close partnership with civil society organisations here and abroad. We don't have in-country staff nor spend money on advertising or external fundraisers, and our approach is secular. We were awarded charitable status in 1992 and incorporated as a company limited by guarantee in 2002.
Why we exist
It is one of the paradoxes of our Information Age that whilst half the world struggles to cope with data overload (and unreliable facts & figures), the other half is deprived of basic education and essential information. Indeed, lack of education and the professional skills to make best use of information blights the lives of millions and condemns them to poverty: it denies people their rights and exposes them to exploitation and abuse; and it contributes to hunger, poor health and the spread of preventable disease. The causes are legion: conflict, poverty, official incompetence and or corruption — and for women, all too often, sexual discrimination and early pregnancy.
Powerful Information is working to bridge this gap, and the growing 'digital divide', to give people back their dignity and basic human rights. We set up PI in 1990 following a fact-finding visit to West Africa. And the core problems that we identified then with respect to information and education are still there today, despite the Internet and advances in information and communications technology (ICT).
What we do
Over the years we have supported dozens of grassroots initiatives; and like many small non-profits we have developed some close and very special relationships with local people and their communities. Click here for a summary of the contributions we make to partnerships, or read What's New? for the latest on our various projects and notes from the field.
How we do itPowerful Information has a people-centred approach to development based on over 20 years of practical experience working in some of the poorest countries in the world. We combine a hands-on grassroots approach with an understanding of the broader issues associated with international aid and human rights. We take great care to understand local needs and then work with and through local organisations to identify appropriate information and know-how and see that this educates and empowers. We also support practical initiatives that encourage community involvement, build social capital, promote social justice, and raise public awareness of important social and environmental issues.
Our funding comes mainly from private trusts & foundations, government agencies, Comic Relief, and other grant-making organisations as well as donations from private individuals.
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