Welcome to GFMD IMPACT

GFMD IMPACT - the International Media Policy and Advisory Centre - is an initiative of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD).


The International Media Policy and Advisory Centre (IMPACT) is an initiative by the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) that aims to assist donors, funders, policy-makers, practitioners, and other stakeholders in making informed, evidence-based decisions on strategies, programming, funding, and advocacy for media development and journalism support.

It is a collaborative learning and exchange project designed to bring together media development and journalism support groups, donors and funding organisations, academic and research institutions, as well as technology, media, and governance experts.


  1. To leverage expertise and maximize the effectiveness of funding to address the global crises facing media across the world, including the collapse of traditional business models, increasing attacks on journalists, and the rise of dis/misinformation,

  2. To offer donor agencies, philanthropic organisations, and media support actors required insights, and a range of tools and resources for informing strategy, programme, and project design, as well as implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

By helping to maximise the effectiveness of the funds available for this sector GFMD IMPACT hopes to catalyse efforts to build stronger, healthier, and more sustainable media and information systems.

Theory of change

GFMD IMPACT theory of change


IMPACT Structure


For full details of the activities planned for 2021 go to:

Donor and practitioner meetings

Hosting up to four meetings of donors, practitioners and academics with the aim to facilitate regular communication, knowledge sharing and experience exchange.

If you are interested to participate in our donor and practitioner meetings, please fill out this form to indicate your preferences and provide more information.

Two further meetings are planned for October and December on:

  • Journalism sustainability & business models

  • Regulatory responses to disinformation

Policy and learning meetings

Over the course of 2021 GFMD IMPACT will convene a series of policy and learning meetings for GFMD members (and invited guests from the donor, funder and academic communities) to analyse significant media development and journalism support issues and topics.

If you would like to participate in or propose topics for GFMD policy and learning meetings please contact [email protected].

Help desk

GFMD IMPACT will establish a Help Desk, which will use a network of experts and resources brought together by GFMD to respond in a timely fashion to requests from donors.

Email [email protected] for more information and to submit a request.

Who funds GFMD IMPACT?

2021 is a pilot year for GFMD IMPACT and this first phase is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and the PRIMED project funded by the UK FCDO.

Background on GFMD IMPACT

For information about the consultations, studies and co-design sessions that have led to the creation of GFMD IMPACT go to:


International Media Policy Advisory Centre (IMPACT) an initiative of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) and is administered by a project team including:

  • Mira Milosevic, Executive Director

  • Ivana Bjelic Vucinic, Programmes and Project Manager

  • Tom Law, Media Policy Advisor

If you want to speak to GFMD about how you can participate in GFMD IMPACT, please contact [email protected]