Sixty Two Developing Countries Seek IPDC Support to Foster Pluralistic Media
The Bureau of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will meet from 7-9 March to examine and select proposals for media development submitted from media organizations across developing countries. This year the Bureau has received 111 project proposals from media organizations in 62 developing countries and 26 regional media organizations.
New Projects Submitted to IPDC:
In 2004, thanks to the voluntary contributions received from Australia, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Luxembourg, Norway, USA, more than 1,8 million US dollars were provided for implementation of 66 media projects approved by the Bureau (cf. <a href="http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/file_download.php/5432b37ec1d432d98226875a76fc776824Report.pdf">Final Report of 24th session of the IPDC Council, 31 March - 2 April 2004</a>).
To determine the project support, the IPDC bureau is guided by the priorities established by its Council, according to which projects should contribute to:
- Promotion of freedom of expression and media pluralism,
- Development of community media, and
- Capacity building of media professionals.
Supporting local media development is a crucial requirement to foster good and honest governance and to make development investments transparent and fruitful. Through this reiterative process of annual support IPDC has helped more than 1000 projects in 135 countries over a period of 20 years.