Thomson Reuters Foundation

Thomson Reuters Foundation spotlight: Media development and training

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

For over 30 years, we have been fostering the highest standards of journalism, drawing on the expertise and global footprint of Reuters. We believe accurate and independent media lead to better informed societies. They hold power to account and contribute to economic and social development.

We have gone beyond the traditional concept of journalism training and run initiatives ranging from the creation of sustainable, independent news platforms to a wide selection of skills and mentoring program. This unique mix allows us to provide world-class solutions to pressing needs, helping excellent journalism reach the largest possible audience.

Training without borders

No subject or territory is off limits. In 2014, we trained nearly 1,000 journalists in countries as diverse as Mauritania, Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Fiji, Jordan and Bolivia. In Mauritania, we tackled taboo subjects such as rape and sexual harassment. In November, we hosted the very first journalism course assessing best practices to report human trafficking and slavery. (more…)

Q&A with Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

We sat down with Belinda Goldsmith, Editor-in-chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, to take a look back at some of the major stories covered and impact the coverage achieved.

Your team covers stories that are often overlooked by the mainstream media. What is the ultimate goal?

We cover stories at the heart of aid, development, women’s rights, human trafficking, climate change, and corruption. These are some of the world’s most pressing issues, but often those affected by them have no voice. We want to ensure that these people are not forgotten, and raise awareness about these often underreported issues. We don’t campaign, and we are not involved in advocacy; all of our stories are fair, accurate and impartial, leaving readers to form their own opinion.

2014 was a year full of major news events. What was the most unexpected story your team had to cover?

As we cover humanitarian disasters that are often overlooked by other media, when a big crisis strikes we are often already there. Take Ebola, for example. Our West Africa correspondent was the first international journalist to reach the remote village of Gueckedou, Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak began. It was only two months later that the international community started to pay attention to the virus. Recently we returned to Guinea to visit the village where it all started and interviewed the father of the first victim of Ebola, the two-year-old boy the world knows as Patient Zero. (more…)

Q&A with Alisha Miranda, TrustLaw Director

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At the Thomson Reuters Foundation, we stand for free, independent journalism, human rights, women’s empowerment, and the rule of law. We expose corruption, the human impact of climate change, and play a leading role in the global fight against human trafficking and slavery. We use the skills, values, and expertise of Thomson Reuters to run programs that trigger real change and empower people around the world. We tackle global issues. We achieve lasting impact. Explore our 2014 Thomson Reuters Foundation Annual Report

TrustLaw is a story of continuous growth. Tell us about your expansion in 2014.

2014 was a tremendous year for us: we more than doubled the number of connections made in 2013, recruited new firms, and facilitated the first connections in places as diverse as Myanmar, Taiwan, South Korea, and New Zealand. We also grew in places where we were already present, expanding our reach and building deeper relationships, from India to Africa to Europe.

The TrustLaw Index of Pro Bono has quickly become the benchmark for monitoring trends across the pro bono industry. What were the overall findings?

This was really the first poll of its kind, and quite an ambitious project. The goal was to provide a global assessment of trends and benchmarks across the pro bono legal industry on a country-by-country basis. We were thrilled with the response: 103 law firms provided data on their work across 69 different countries. The data highlighted a lot of interesting facts and trends. We were happy to see that the average value of pro bono per lawyer was actually $11,000, and that they had done over 1.5 million hours of pro bono in 2013. (more…)

Let’s confine slavery to the history books

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Let’s start with the good news. Since my last trip to the Davos mountains, in the past year there has been substantial increase in awareness around one of the world’s most horrible crimes: slavery. More investigative reports have been published, more money has been committed to the fight against human trafficking, world leaders such as Pope Francis have publicly taken a strong stand, and heroes such as Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize. The issue is certainly in the public domain.

The bad news is that slavery is still very much a silent crime, and a flourishing business worth US$150 billion a year, more than the GDP of most African countries, and three times Apple’s earnings.

The scale of the problem is huge. According to Walk Free, there are 35 million people enslaved around the world, the highest number in history, and roughly equivalent to the population of Australia and Greece combined.

Slavery takes different forms, from forced prostitution and labour to debt bondage. The common denominator is poverty. Victims are needy and vulnerable; they don’t know their rights. In some countries, people are still born into slavery.

Clearly something needs to be done. But where to start? (more…)

Women-friendly cities: It’s not about money, it’s about ideas

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Trust Women, which took place November 18-19, is more than just a conference. It’s a fast-growing movement to put the rule of law behind women’s rights through concrete action. Delegates from 55 countries, representing 260 international organizations are here to take action and forge tangible commitments to empower women. Weren’t able to attend? No worries. Check out the session recordingsconference news,  photos, and join the conversation using #twc2014.

“We are now an urban species. How humanity moves forward will involve urban challenges.”

One of the first panel discussions at the Trust Women conference focused on this: when it comes to making mega-cities women friendly, it is not about money – it is about ideas.

Following the release of our Foundation’s global poll ranking the most dangerous transport systems for women in major cities, the two-day event kicked off with an intense examination of the ideas around how women might be safer and freer to move around their cities.

“We are now an urban species. How humanity moves forward will involve urban challenges.” Panelist and MIT researcher at Senseable City Lab Ricardo Alvarez told Trust Women. (more…)

News with impact

Journalism is one of the pillars of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. They cover the world’s underreported stories, the issues that mainstream media often forget. Their editorial team includes 26 correspondents across five continents and a powerful network of more than 100 contributors, enabling them to cover stories at the heart of aid, development, human rights, climate change, corruption, and social innovation. Every day, trust.org brings you features, analysis, info-graphics, blogs and exclusive videos. Their content is syndicated for free to prestigious news outlets and is accessible to all Reuters clients around the world. See how our Foundation informs, connects and empowers.

Continuing our evolution to meet the needs of today’s professionals: Our 2013 Annual Review

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We are pleased to announce the launch of our multimedia 2013 Annual Review.

Today’s professionals operate in a world that doesn’t wait for anyone to catch up. Like our customers, we are aggressively pursuing the opportunities presented by a complex, demanding and constantly changing marketplace.

Building on our history of innovation, which stretches back more than a century, we help our customers stay ahead of the tsunami of information with global information platforms that are faster, simpler and more connected.

Along with our Letter to Shareholders and a look-back at our legacy of innovation, the Annual Review summarizes our 2013 financial performance and highlights our: (more…)

New white paper to combat human trafficking using financial activity

Learn about a recent white paper below, published by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which offers guidance to financial institutions and law enforcement agencies in identifying financial transactions linked to human trafficking.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, issued international guidance aimed at helping the wider industry to identify and report irregularities in financial transactions that might be linked to human trafficking activity. The document is the product of a unique collaboration with some of the world’s leading financial institutions, and is the key outcome of the financial working group initiated last year on 25 April by DA Vance and Ms. Villa…read the full post.

Thomson Reuters Foundation’s Trust Women Conference

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The Foundation’s second annual Trust Women Conference closed  with strong commitments to action from leading women’s rights organizations and global leaders in law, finance, business and government.

Over 450 global leaders from 40 countries attended ‘Trust Women’ which featured a range of high-profile speakers including UK Home Secretary Theresa May, Italian Foreign Minister Emma Bonino, New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance;Queen Noor, Cherie Blair, Christy Turlington Burns, and Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), who brought their knowledge, influence and experience to the debate.

Trust Women focused on the pervasive global exploitation of vulnerable individuals, men and women alike – from everyday street harassment to modern-day slavery. Many of the speakers recalled their own experiences of abuse and violence, inspiring shock, surprise, and action from the audience.

Speakers attending the conference were asked to present specific actions that directly addressed problems facing women around the world. In dedicated ‘action groups’ delegates were then encouraged to contribute by offering concrete help and solutions. (more…)

Thomson Reuters Foundation honors outstanding pro bono legal projects at TrustLaw Awards

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Over 100 high-level representatives from the global TrustLaw community gathered in New York on November 5 to celebrate the success of the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s fast-growing network of lawyers, social enterprises and high-impact NGOs.

The occasion, the third annual TrustLaw Connect Awards, brought together professionals from Turkey, China, South Africa, Cambodia, Mexico, the Philippines and many other countries, who flew to New York to attend the ceremony hosted by Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO and TrustLaw Founder Monique Villa. The TrustLaw Awards honor teams of lawyers working with NGOs or social enterprises through TrustLaw Connect, the Foundation’s global pro bono service.

“We chose New York to recognize the fantastic impact of the law firms based in the U.S. which have been so active to help our social enterprises and NGOs through TrustLaw. The top law firms in the U.S. are members of TrustLaw Connect, and since its creation three years ago, the network has generated $35 million worth of free legal assistance to our beneficiaries,” said Monique. (more…)