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.
They must have a clear objective contributing to at least one of the IPDC’s main priorities:
- Promotion of freedom of expression and press freedom (including the safety of journalists), pluralism (particularly community media, youth and gender dimensions), and independence (self-regulation and professional standards).
- Capacity development for journalists and media managers.
- Innovation in convergence and integration of legacy (traditional) news media and new communications.
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.