International Programme for the Development of Communication
Every year, IPDC supports an extensive range of projects in developing countries worldwide.
The projects are submitted by local media organizations seeking to expand opportunities for free, independent and pluralistic media. The proposals are selected in line with UNESCO’s strategic programmatic approach in each country based on the development needs identified through the application of the IPDC-endorsed .
They must have a clear objective contributing to at least one of theas mentioned on IPDC home page.
Particular attention is always given to proposals from least developed, land locked and small island countries, as well as those in conflict or post-confict situations.
The new IPDC projects database provides access to information on all projects supported by the IPDC since the creation of the Programme in 1980. It includes a brief description of each project as well as information on the project beneficiary, location, year of implementation and budget. For more recent projects, the full project proposals, implementation reports and evaluation reports are attached as PDFs.
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Who is eligible for IPDC assistance?
Media organizations such as press, radio and television, media training institutes, professional journalists' organizations, media development agencies, and community media organizations are eligible to seek support from IPDC. All proposals are processed by field-based UNESCO Advisers for Communication and Information. Media projects with potential to serve as models are especially encouraged. Particular attention is always given to proposals from least-developed, landlocked and small island countries.
Preparation and submission
The project proposals shall be developed together with the UNESCO Advisers for Communication and Information in the Field (ACI) concerned, who will check if the project is in line with the presentation requirements and the IPDC priorities. They will assist the submitters to develop appropriate projects after assessing the viability of the proposals and credentials of the proponents. If necessary, they will seek the view of the National Commission for UNESCO concerned about the viability of the public sector media projects and the view of a professional media organization recognized by UNESCO on the viability of the private sector media projects.
- All project proposals must be submitted using the on-line platform, following the recently updated IPDC guidelines on project preparation. Access to the platform will be provided after clearance of the project idea ACIs.
- The equipment component should be reduced to a reasonable minimum with a justifiable budget.
- The proposal will not be considered for presentation unless they have clear impact on one or several of the IPDC priorities.
- Community radio proposals projects must have a license to be considered by IPDC.
- IPDC will not consider projects by private entities if they are competing for the same audience with similar entities; however, joint ventures and ventures intend to cater to undeserved areas and communities are encouraged.
Please therefore e-mail your project proposals to: UNESCO Advisers for Communication and Information
The deadlines for the preparation of projects for the 61st meeting of the IPDC Bureau (March 2017) are as follows:
18 July 2016 is the closing date for submitting project summaries to the UNESCO Advisers for Communication and Information (ACIs)/CI Professionals based in respective UNESCO field offices.
30 September 2016 is the deadline to finalize and submit the full version of IPDC projects.
Kindly note that project proposals should be submitted only through the UNESCO Advisers for Communication and Information/CI Professionals based in UNESCO Field Offices in order to ensure the quality standards and the relevance to the IPDC priorities.
The decisions on the project funding will be taken by the IPDC Bureau at its 61st meeting.
The IPDC Bureau during its meeting proceeds with the approval of the projects and the respective financial allocations to them on the basis of the amount of voluntary contributions available on the IPDC Special Account. 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.
- Capacity building for journalists and media managers, including improving journalism education (using UNESCO's Model Curricula for Journalism Education)
Each year, the IPDC Bureau selects a number of implemented projects to undergo external evaluation. Independent evaluators visit project sites and verify the achievements, paying particular attention to issues of cost-effectiveness and sustainability
The reports that stem from these evaluations serve as a useful tool for measuring the impact of IPDC projects as well as identifying weaknesses that can be avoided in the future. Priority is given to projects that can potentially provide the most useful information for the identification, designing, selection and implementation of future projects.