International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)

The CI programme supports countries in the region through the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) to implement media development projects. The IPDC is a UNESCO multilateral forum designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks media reforms to secure healthy environments for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.

In providing support to projects, IPDC is guided by the following priorities:

  • Supporting media pluralism (particularly community media) and independence (improving self-regulation and professional standards);
  • Promoting the safety of journalists;
  • Countering hate speech in media and social media, promoting conflict-sensitive journalism practice and/or promoting cross-cultural/cross-religious dialogue among journalists;
  • Supporting law reform fostering media independence;
  • Conducting media assessments and research based on UNESCO's Media Development Indicators (MDIs), the Gender Sensitive Indicators for the Media (GSIM) or the Journalists' Safety Indicators; and
  • Capacity building for journalists and media managers, including improving journalism education (using UNESCO's Model Curricula for Journalism Education).

 How to submit a project proposal to IPDC.


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