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 Global Forum for Media Development´s (GFMD) mission is to assist the creation of a strong, independent, and pluralistic media environment by facilitating effective and impactful collaboration, knowledge-exchange and advocacy among members of the media development and journalism support sector. We believe that international donors (private and public) are playing an increasingly important role in this by directly supporting the work of the media and newsrooms. They are critical for the survival of independent media and everything it contributes to society.
But there are challenges facing donors and philanthropists attempting to do this work:
"It is critical to deal with the relationship between donors and practitioners, as well as the knowledge and information that they accumulate during the course of their work. We must share knowledge and learn about what works and what doesn't, as well as catalog that knowledge, in order to achieve better results and articulate those results. The GFMD IMPACT project aims to address these critical sector questions." – Mark Nelson, Director, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)
“SDC supports the GFMD IMPACT project because the media development and journalism support sector requires a better long-term mechanism for exchanging evidence about what works and formulate policy guidance in order to respond effectively to this rapidly changing and challenging field. The Global Forum for Media Development, we believe, is best positioned to address these issues on a global scale.” – Melina Papageorgiou, Governance Advisor, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
"GFMD IMPACT is providing a much needed space for dialogue, critical reflection and community building for the media development sector. The IAMCR Media Sector Development Working Group is grateful for our partnership with GFMD IMPACT. Especially during the pandemic time period, GFMD has come up with great events, kept the lines of communication going and fostered a sense of direction by providing servant leadership that's contributed to the growth and well-being of its members." - Susan Abbott, Co-Chair, Media Sector Development Working Group at IAMCR
To address these issues, GFMD established the International Media Policy and Advisory Centre (IMPACT), which brings together key media development and journalism support stakeholders to ensure more effective (demand-driven & coordinated) and impactful (contextually tailored & oriented toward long-term, strategic goals) sector support.
The initiative officially launched in 2020 with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, National Endowment for Democracy, Open Society Foundations and UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.
We want to build on the momentum and impact of this initiative into 2022 and beyond.
Our programme provides donors, funders, policy-makers and practitioners with the necessary groundwork needed to make informed, evidence-based decisions about media development and journalism support strategies, programming, funding, and advocacy by:
GFMD IMPACT learning meetings facilitate regular communication, knowledge sharing and experience exchange between donors, practitioners, academics and other key stakeholders.
Meetings so far include:
Detailed literature reviews and meeting reports are prepared for each meeting.
Over the course of 2021 GFMD IMPACT is also convening 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.
The help desk and GFMD IMPACT meetings are supported by our resource centre which collates literature reviews ahead of events, detailed reports from meetings, as well as research and policy papers authored or commissioned by GFMD IMPACT.
For more information about GFMD IMPACT see our about and FAQs page.