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.

What are GFMD IMPACT's aims?

  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.

What is GFMD IMPACT's theory of change?

How does GFMD IMPACT work?

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.

Why was GFMD IMPACT created?

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

pageConsultation (2019)pageCo-design (2020-2021)


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 projects@gfmd.info

How does the GFMD IMPACT help desk work?

The GFMD IMPACT Help Desk uses a network of experts and resources brought together by the GFMD IMPACT team to respond in a timely fashion to requests from donors, practitioners and policymakers.

For potential examples of how a help desk for the media development community could function, see the Governance and Social Development Resource Centre and the Knowledge, Evidence, and Learning (K4D) initiative.

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