A UNESCO multilateral forum to promote media in developing countries
The International Programme for the Development of communication (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.
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. For more than 30 years, 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.
Last year, the IPDC Bureau met in Accra, Ghana. The approved projects covered 35 countries and included six regional ventures. Africa received the highest support, with 13 projects approved. This was followed by Asia and Pacific (10 projects), Latin America and the Caribbean (seven projects), and the Middle East and North Africa (five projects).
The successful project proposals covered areas such as building resilience among Caribbean journalists in the age of climate change, enhancing investigative journalism to ensure public access to information in Bhutan and addressing the misinformation (or ‘fake news’) in Kenya.
The 63rd meeting of the IPDC will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, from 19 to 20 June 2019. For more information and to access the registration form, click here.