On 19-20 June 2019, the 63rd Bureau of the IPDC approved 36 new media development projects, allocating 700 000 USD in more than 22 countries.
IPDC Chair, Ambassador Anna Brandt of Sweden chaired this 63rd IPDC Bureau meeting. The IPDC Bureau was further composed of seven other members, namely, representatives of El Salvador, Libya, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Thailand and Zambia, as elected by the 39 Member States during the 31st IPDC Council in November 2018. The representative of Zambia is also the elected Rapporteur.
Covering the global scale, as well as all four eligible regions (Africa, the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean), with a special focus given to least developed countries (LDCs), small islands developing states (SIDS), and conflict and post-conflict areas; the IPDC Bureau approved 36 out of the 78 projects submitted. These projects are distributed as follows: seven projects in Africa, one in the Arab region, seven in Asia and the Pacific and eight in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Taking into account national and local needs, the projects extend over IPDC’s priorities. In this regards, 17 projects were given funding on the promotion of safety of journalists, ten on fostering media sector development, four projects on improving journalism education, and five on monitoring and reporting on SDG 16. This year the Bureau also approved IPDC’s special allocations for media and internet-related indicators, access to information and journalism education.
“All these projects address very real needs in the national, regional and international media landscape. Allocations from the IPDC provide strategic start-up funding that enables UNESCO Field Offices to maintain a sustainable line of action in the field of media development at the local level. This is particularly necessary in countries that are not priorities for bilateral donors”, stressed Mr. Moez Chakchouk, Assistant-Director General for Communication and Information and representative of the Director General during his speech to Bureau Members.
During the meeting, the members of the Bureau welcomed the Minister of Communication of the Ivory Coast, Mr. Sidi Tiémoko Touré. He commended the Bureau’s efforts and renewed his appreciation to IPDC’s work to mobilize the international community in the strategic field of media development. He reminded the significance of the IPDC’s actions in the context of globalized disinformation and stressed that “we, as States, should increase initiatives in favor of the media in order to give them their full potential to participate in peace”.
The Minister also payed tribute to the IPDC for its support to Côte d’Ivoire, a country that has received funding in domains such as training of radio practitioners and conducting assessment that paved the way for a better formulation and implementation of public policies. He reminded the audience that, between 1988 and 2015, the IPDC supported 11 projects in his country, notably in the field of capacity building, and that Côte d’Ivoire wishes for this partnership to grow.
The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) runs an annual cycle of call for project proposals in the field of media development. These are submitted by local media organizations seeking to expand opportunities for free, independent and pluralistic media. The Programme has mobilized over 120 million USD since 1980 for more than 2000 projects in approximately 140 developing countries and countries in transition.
You can find the list of projects approved here.