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71 new media development projects to be financed by IPDC worldwide

Sengerema community radio, Tanzania (IPDC project). © UNESCO

The 59th meeting of the Bureau of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) ended in UNESCO HQ with the approval of 71 new media development projects to be financed and implemented this year. Empowering women journalists, improving the safety of journalists or increasing quality reporting on climate change – these are the most recurrent themes in the project proposals approved by the IPDC.

Special attention was given to media development projects submitted by Ebola-affected countries, such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. In addition to the 71 new projects, IPDC Bureau has also decided on further support to IPDC’s flagship special initiatives, namely the assessments based on UNESCO/IPDC’s Media Development Indicators (MDIs) and the Knowledge-Driven Media Development Initiative.

The IPDC Bureau has also decided on new priorities for the Programme, particularly the work in the area of safety of journalists, as well as safety-related areas such as countering hate speech, promoting conflict-sensitive reporting and the promotion of cross-cultural, cross-religious dialogue. Under the leadership of IPDC Chair, Ms Albana Shala, Bureau members also expressed a strong commitment to further champion the programme with donors and relevant authorities at national levels to mobilize the necessary support for the Programme.

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About IPDC

International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) was set up in 1980 as the only intergovernmental programme in the UN system mandated to mobilize international support in order to contribute to sustainable development, democracy and good governance by strengthening the capacities of free and independent media. Since its creation, IPDC has channeled about US$ 105 million to over 1,700 media development projects in some 140 countries.

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