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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 Media Development Indicators and Journalists' Safety Indicators.

They must have a clear objective contributing to at least one of the IPDC’s main priorities as mentioned on IPDC home page.

Particular attention is always given to proposals from least developed, landlocked and small island countries, as well as those in conflict or post-confict situations.


Find out below how some IPDC projects have helped transform people’s lives


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.

Access the database: PLEASE NOTE: due to IT changes, this database is offline as of February 2021 and will be shifted to a new software system during the year.

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 (please request access via the appropriate UNESCO Office), 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.

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 project approval and funding will be taken by the IPDC Bureau at its 65th meeting.

Project approval

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:

  • Fostering media sector analysis and reform including conducting media assessments based on UNESCO´s MDIs, JSIs and IUIs
  • Monitoring and reporting on SDG 16 (focusing on access to information and/or safety of journalists
  • Improving journalism education, including by using resources produced by IPDC´s Global Initiative for Excellence in Journalism Education
  • Strengthening media institutions in developing countries