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.
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,
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.
For full details of the activities planned for 2021 go to:
Hosting up to four meetings of donors, practitioners and academics with the aim to facilitate regular communication, knowledge sharing and experience exchange.
The first meeting, held on March 15th 2021, focused on theories of change and impact measurement.
The second meeting, held on June 17th 2021, focused on disinformation.
Two further meetings are planned for October and December on:
Journalism sustainability & business models
Regulatory responses to disinformation
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.
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.
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.
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