International Programme for the Development of Communication

The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.

Over the last 30 years, following the decisions and guidelines of the Intergovernmental Council and its Bureau, the IPDC has focused its projects on the most urgent priorities in communication development.

The efforts of the IPDC have had an important impact on a broad range of fields covering, among others, the promotion of media independence and pluralism, development of community media, radio and television organizations, modernization of national and regional news agencies, and training of media professionals. IPDC has mobilized some US$ 100 million for over 1500 projects in more than 140 developing countries and countries in transition. 

For political and ethical reasons, multilateral cooperation is the most appropriate way of promoting media development. International assistance provided through IPDC does not interfere with the integrity and independence of media institutions. 

More than ever, the IPDC now strives to realize more effective media projects that empower people to gain equitable access to knowledge and express themselves through free and pluralistic media. 

Join hands with the IPDC in developing meaningful media environments in which people can express their concerns, investigate, discuss, gain knowledge and reject violence.


In providing support to projects, IPDC is guided by the following priorities:

  • Supporting media pluralism (particularly community media) and independence (improving self-regulation and professional standards);
  • Promoting the safety of journalists;
  • Countering hate speech in media and social media, promoting conflict-sensitive journalism practice and/or promoting cross-cultural/cross-religious dialogue among journalists;
  • Supporting law reform fostering media independence;
  • Conducting media assessments and research based on UNESCO's Media Development Indicators (MDIs), the Gender Sensitive Indicators for the Media (GSIM) or the Journalists' Safety Indicators; and
  • Capacity building for journalists and media managers, including improving journalism education (using UNESCO's Model Curricula for Journalism Education).

Donors that supported IPDC Activities in 2010-2016


Andorra Bangladesh Belgium Denmark
Finland France Germany Ghana
India Israel Latvia Lithuania
Malaysia Mongolia The Netherlands Norway
Spain Sweden Switzerland Thailand
European Union United States of America    


IPDC carries out its mandate through the funding and implementation of media development projects which are approved annually by the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council.

The IPDC Special Account is a common funding pool, which enables the the Programme to ensure a global approach to media development. Fifty-nine countries have contributed to the IPDC activities through this account.

Some projects are financed under Funds-in-Trust arrangements (FIT) with individual donor agencies. FIT is an arrangement of funds earmarked for specific projects approved by the IPDC Intergovernmental Council, which could either be fully funded or receive supplementary funds to those given from the Special Account.

Financial Position of the IPDC (2017)

How to support the IPDC

Support the IPDC activities by sending your contributions to:

Bank cheque to:
UNESCO IPDC Special Account

  • Bank transfer (Account in Euros):
    Société Générale, Paris, France
    Account No. (IBAN): FR 76 3000 3033 0100 0372 9190 997
  • Bank transfer (Account in US Dollars):
    J.P. Morgan Chase Bank
    UNESCO A/C N° 949-1-191558 
    270 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10017
    SWIFT: CHASUS33 - ABA: 0210-0002-1