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:
Promotion of freedom of expression and media pluralism:
Encouraging the free flow of information and strengthening communication capacities in the developing countries are essential steps to increase citizens’ participation in decision-making processes and to assert their fundamental rights. This includes work to promote a safe environment for journalists and media workers, and on creating a pluralistic media environment through the development of Community-based media, due to its capacity to give a voice to marginalized sectors of society, and encourage transparency of administration at local level.
Capacity development for journalists, media managers and journalism educators/trainers:
Professional capacity building in media is a continuous process aimed at improving the knowledge, skills and awareness of media professionals. Basic and advanced training is essential to increase the investigative capacities of media workers and the management expertise of executives. To address this issue at its roots requires special emphasis on building the institutional capacities of journalism education institutions and on providing training to trainers.
Innovation in convergence and integration of legacy (traditional) news media and new trends in communication:
In response to the ever complex and dynamic media landscape of today, and based on the recognition that "legacy" news media cannot, and should not, operate in isolation of the new communications environment, IPDC has a key role to play in assisting the transition from stand-alone analogue media platforms to the new networked and more pluralistic communications era. In awarding support to media development projects, IPDC will remain news media-centric, but become increasingly active in assisting legacy media institutions to intersect with the new communications environment over the coming period. This forms part of the Programme's efforts to promote Knowledge-driven Media Development, through supporting innovative projects and drawing lessons from each experience to create a continuous learning cycle.