How to submit a project proposal

IPDC Project Processing: From Submission to Evaluation

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 official IPDC project form, following the recently updated IPDC guidelines on project preparation.
  • The proposals shall address adequately and succinctly all those issues that are listed in the form.
  • The final proposal should not be longer than 6 pages; however, any background information beyond those 5-6 pages will be useful to asses the proposal and the budgets.
  • 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 are involved.
  • 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.

Please therefore e-mail your project proposals to: UNESCO Advisers for Communication and Information in the Field


The deadlines for the preparation of projects for the 59th meeting of the IPDC Bureau (March 2015) are as follows:

31 July 2014 is the closing date for submitting project proposals to the UNESCO Advisers for Communication and Information (ACIs)/CI Professionals based in respective UNESCO field offices. 

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 the project funding will be taken by the IPDC Bureau at its 58th 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:

  • 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.


The Bureau is responsible for establishing a list of projects to be evaluated by independent consultants on the basis of reports prepared in cooperation with beneficiary bodies.

Due to the the high cost of evaluation missions, special attention is given to projects which can potentially provide the most useful information for identification, designing, selection and implementation of future projects.

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