Our Partners and Funders

SOAS University of London

Why Comics? (Registered Charity Number: 1172791) is based at the SOAS University of London, where we are working with the University to humanise academic research to a wide audience. We have some exciting projects over the next few years on rural-to-urban Migration, Borderlands Brokers and Peacebuilding and socio-economic effects of Drug Cultivation. SOAS have kindly housed us in T S Elliott’s old study in the Faber Building! Baroness Valerie Amos CH, Director of SOAS, is also a patron of Why Comics?.

The Choices Program, Brown University

The Choices Program is non-profit organization based at Brown University. They develop curricula on current and historical international and public policy issues and offer professional development for educators. Their Teaching with the News initiative provides online curriculum materials and lessons to connect the content of your classroom to the headlines in the news. Topics cover a range of international and public policy issues. The Choices team have developed Teaching With the News lessons that highlight our comics, and disseminated them to around 20,000 teachers across the United States.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells offers extensive experience and insights gained from working in some of the world's most complex legal environments and markets for corporations, financial institutions, and governments. Hogan Lovells believes everyone deserves access to justice, and provides free legal services to people who need it most. Hogan Lovells works to bring about change, and was kind enough to set up Why Comics? as a charity for us, and continues to provide much appreciated pro-bono support. 

Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) funded the Overseas Development Institute in 2015 to produce a comic with PositiveNegatives to help tell the stories emerging from migrants making dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean. Mehra’s Story was later donated to Why Comics? to be used in schools. PHF have also kindly granted Why Comics? Shared Ground Funds to produce visual communications tools about undocumented young people and the legal process in the UK, working in partnership with Kids In Need of Defence UK (KIND).


IDEO kindly helped us conceptualise and design our Why Comics? pilot prototype. IDEO is a global innovation and design firm with nine studios world-wide. Celebrated as pioneers of design, IDEO aims to unlock the creative potential of people, organizations, and society.


Since 2012, the award-winning non-profit PositiveNegatives has been producing literary comics, animations and podcasts about contemporary social and human rights issues, including conflict, racism, migration and asylum. PositiveNegatives has worked extensively with a range of organisations such as The GuardianOpen Society Foundations (OSF)BBCThe Nobel Peace CentreOverseas Development Institute (ODI) and the United Nations (UN), and with leading academic institutions such as; Harvard South Asia Centre, SOAS and University of Sussex. Almost everything PositiveNegatives produces is kindly donated to Why Comics? to be converted into interactive educational tools.

Pop Up UK Projects

Established in 2011, Pop Up are a non-profit social enterprise delivering imaginative, immersive children’s literature programmes which have a transformative impact on reading and writing skills and teaching practice, often in deprived schools and communities. Pop Up facilitate artist-led collaborative activities producing great literature with children and young people. They also invest in, nurture and support diverse aspiring and emerging literary talent to access children’s publishing and advocate arts-based approaches to literacy at local and national government level. From September 2017, Pop Up have been using our KS2 (age 7-11) in primary schools across the UK.

Think Globals' Global Dimension

The Global Dimension website brings together resourcescase studies and background information covering a wide range of different global topics to help teachers and other educators bring a global dimension to their work. It is owned and managed by Think Global, a UK charity which promotes global learning – and global action – for a more just and sustainable world. There are currently just over 900 resources listed, with links back to publishers’ websites for ordering and download. Think Global kindly incorporate Why Comics? resources on the website and have promoted them in their Globe-e newsletter reaching teachers all over the UK.

Refugee Week

Refugee Week is the UK's largest festival celebrating the contribution of refugees and promoting understanding of why people seek sanctuary. Our resources are listed on the Refugee Week website, which offers a range of refugee-related lesson plans, workshop activities, assemblies and films for children and young people of all ages. 

HEC Global Learning Centre

HEC Global Learning Centre produces innovative and imaginative responses to the challenges and issues affecting our world locally and globally. They engage schools and communities in out-of-the-ordinary experiences for deeper-level thinking, and local action for a fairer world.


SCOOP is a children’s magazine aimed at engaging 8-12-year-old children with the written word in as many exciting and entertaining ways as possible. It’s designed to inspire and nurture a love of reading and stories. SCOOP has brought together a host of incredible writers and illustrators who create original fiction and non-fiction. We ran a competition for young writers/researchers (8-12-year-olds) with SCOOP Magazine and a social enterprise called CommonEverybody over the summer 2017. The winner had their story illustrated by one of our artists.


CommonEverybody (Educational Social Enterprise) believe that friendships broaden horizons. Their secure web-based platform links learners one-to-one and helps to strengthen school partnerships by allowing children from different schools and countries to interact and work together. Children learn about each other, new places and most importantly find common ground by working collaboratively together. It’s simple for teachers to manage and highly secure for children. We ran a competition for young writers/researchers (8-12-year-olds) with SCOOP Educational Magazine and a social enterprise called CommonEverybody over summer 2017. The winner had their story illustrated by one of our artists.

Brooks Foundation

The Brooks Foundation works to create vibrant, tolerant and flourishing societies. The Foundation funds projects which promote; human rights and social justice, children youth and education, female economic empowerment and peace building. They help build capacity through a combination of core funding, project funding and proactive support; providing resources, ideas, and connections, which add value. Brooks was kind enough to fund us to pay for curriculum developers to sign off our resources and conduct user testing to make sure our education resources work effectively in the classroom.

Young Careers

Young Careers is a Government initiative that will shape the future of careers advice. They develop links between organisations and schools, inspiring young people to consider new careers and improving the guidance given by their teachers. These employers are helping make a difference to the futures of young people in London. Why Comics? is running workshops in up to 12 schools across London, closely adapting our resources to key social issues affecting each school.

Development in Action

Development in Action (DiA) is a youth-led, volunteer-led development education charity aiming to promote global citizenship, sustainable development and human rights by improving understanding of and engagement in development issues amongst young people in the UK. For 25 years DiA has connected young people in the UK with the issues affecting them and their fellow citizens around the world.

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