Annual reports and highlights


WCMC Report on achievements
for the year 2014


WCMC Report on achievements for the year 2014










WCMC’s Annual Report showcases work on biodiversity, protected areas and ecosystem assessment. For the second year running, we edited and laid out the report. “Your editing is fantastic,” said the client.



What was the weather like?


Met Office Annual Report 2012-2013










As our visitors know, the UK has a reputation for changeable weather. In 2012 it was more changeable than ever: as an unusually dry winter and spring gave way the wettest summer in 100 years, fears of drought receded only to be replaced, for many, by the all too real experience of flooding.

You can read all about it in the Met Office’s Annual Report for 2012/13, which Green Ink wrote and designed. So well was the product received that we’re to work on the report again in 2013/14.



Upholding the integrity of elections


International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance Annual Report










Green Ink has once again researched and written the Annual Report of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) – an organization that supports stronger democratic institutions and processes worldwide. The 2012 report explores the challenges to electoral integrity, emphasizing diversity in democracy, equal political participation and the representation of women and men in politics. It also shows how IDEA is helping to strengthen the political will required for change in emerging and established democracies around the world.

This is a report Green Ink is proud to be associated with. IDEA’s work doesn’t grab headlines, but its quiet behind-the-scenes support for democracy in some of the world’s most troubled places takes courage, patience and great skill.

“Green Ink has yet again demonstrated its infallibility in providing a text for our Annual Report that we can be proud of.”

James Lenahan, Head of Communication, International IDEA



Connect and convince


UNISDR Annual Report Summary 2010








That's the subtitle of this year's annual report from the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The report offers a brief tour of UNISDR's many activities with partners worldwide in pursuit of disaster-proof development. Highlights of the year include the launch of the Making Cities Resilient campaign, attended by mayors from 10 participating cities, and progress in engaging with the private sector.

We produced this neatly designed small-format report in record time, in parallel with out work on UNISDR's second Global Assessment Report (see multi-language editions and translations). Delighted to oblige!



Towards evidence-based poverty reduction


DFID Research 2009-2010










“A strong evidence base is essential for the provision of more effective development and humanitarian assistance to the poorest.” Thus the opening sentence of a new annual report published by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). The report describes the research projects funded by DFID, together with the findings and impact of past research. Its value lies in drawing together the lessons learned, enabling these to inform the future activities of DFID and other donor agencies. Its publication is part of a broader shift towards evidence-based decision making across the organization.

That’s a shift we at Green Ink welcome. And we were delighted to be involved in editing and producing this first issue of the report.

“Everyone in the Green Ink team was delightful to work with.”

Kate Critchley, Head of Policy and Research Communications, DFID 



Promoting democratic change


IDEA A Record of Actions 2009










Democracy, like Western civilization, would be a good idea if ever it were truly practised. Well, now there’s an institute specifically dedicated to the pursuit of this noble goal – by peaceful means! The Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, or International IDEA for short, promotes democratic change by providing comparative knowledge, assisting in democratic reform and influencing policy.

Green Ink was asked to write A Record of Actions 2009, a 50-page annual report, based on background documents and interviews by phone or Skype. The result is a mine of information on topics ranging from the management of electoral audits, through coping with the violence that can be associated with elections, to the building of skills among election administrators. Don’t miss the eloquent front cover depicting a poster held aloft by a Canadian demonstrator against the Iraq war.

“Great writing job. Green Ink strikes again!”

James Lenahan, Head of Communications, International IDEA



Explaining biodiversity


GBIF Annual Report 2010










As climate change and habitat destruction alter the fate of the planet’s species, rapid and easy access to information about biodiversity has become important as an aid to both conservation and development planning. The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is the world’s largest network for storing and exchanging such information, with over 170 million digital records in 1000 or more databases worldwide.

The technical nature of its mandate makes it difficult for GBIF to explain its work to non-specialists. For 3 years running, Green Ink has been brought in to edit the organization’s annual report; we’ve also been invited to re-write its strategic plan. The aim in each case is to ensure that the language used is clear and comprehensible to the lay person.

“We have been very happy with the whole process. Sophie Higman has done a very professional job.”

Anne Mette Nielsen, ICT Support Manager, GBIF Secretariat



Smartening up its act: the ICRA report


Based in Wageningen in the Netherlands, the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) strengthens the capacity of stakeholders in agriculture to work together and learn from each other.

Since 2007, Green Ink has edited, designed and produced ICRA’s annual report, producing a smart-looking document that has raised the centre’s profile.  

“The annual report, ICRA’s first glossy one, was well received and appreciated among our partners and donors.”

Ans Brom, ICRA Secretariat



Innovative research in West Africa’s drylands


The West and Central African programme of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is conducting research that could transform the prospects for poor people in the difficult drylands of this region. Yet this innovative work remains little known, mainly because of poor communication.

Green Ink has been helping to change that. For two years running, we’ve edited, designed and produced a research highlights report, drawing attention to the exciting results achieved and their impact on farmers and their families.  The 2009 report was produced in tête bêche format, giving the French version equal status to the English.

“It’s almost 6 months since we published the ICRISAT WCA Annual Report 2008 – with great success, it was very much appreciated. Therefore I ask whether you would be ready to start the AR 2009.”

Tobias Dierks, Regional Information Officer, ICRISAT WCA



Towards better water management


GWP In Action










The Global Water Partnership brings together all those involved in managing water: government agencies, research institutes, private companies, local stakeholder groups – and so on.

A Green Ink writer wrote the annual account of GWP’s activities, GWP in Action, for eight consecutive years, from 2001 to 2009. The draft was based on background documentation and interviews with stakeholders, conducted via a mix of telephone, skype and email.

“Great text… just the style and approach I was looking for.”

James Lenahan, Communications Director, GWP



Bridging the technology divide


AATF Inaugural Report.jpg










Access to private-sector technologies and know-how is essential to increasing the productivity of African smallholders. Brokering private–public partnerships to this end is the mandate of the African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF).

Established in 2003, the AATF needed to publish an inaugural report in 2005 – and turned to Green Ink to help it develop a product that would do justice to its exciting programme. A Green Ink team wrote, edited, designed and printed the report, which was much admired for its attractive design as well as its readable and informative text.

“I appreciate your effort and that of your team in getting the report out – one that we will all be proud of.”

Nancy Muchiri, Communications and Partnerships Manager, AATF