Learning meetings

Meetings and activities organised by the GFMD International Media Policy and Advisory Centre (IMPACT).

Donor-practitioner-academic learning meetings

GFMD IMPACT organises regular donor-practitioner-academic learning meetings to facilitate regular communication, knowledge sharing and experience exchange between donors and practitioners as well as other forms of local, regional and national consultations, targeted meetings and knowledge exchange events.

Learning meetings 2023

MENA regional meeting

Consultation on national funds to support journalism and public interest media.

The 13th edition of Philea's “Philanthropy for Ukraine” wad organised in collaboration with the GFMD IMPACT and focused on media assistance

Consultation on media viability on the sidelines of the Summit for Democracy (Mar. '23)

National consultations on media viability (Jan. '23 - Feb. '23)

Learning meetings 2022

Challenges and perspectives for media support programs (Nov. 2022)

World News Media Congress: Media viability session (Sept. 2022)

Funder's Roundtable: Investing in the future of independent journalism (Sept. 2022)

IAMCR 2022 - Media Sector Working Group and GFMD session (July 2022)

World Press Freedom Day (May 2022)

Principles for effective media development - Belgrade (April 2022)

Sessions at the Global Conference for Media Freedom

January 2022 - Consultation on the development of principles for effective media development

Learning meetings 2021

Webinar that provided recommendations to Summit for Democracy, on the principles for effective media development. (Dec. 7, 2021)

Media support responses to disinformation. (June 17, 2021)

Theories of change and measuring impact. (March 15, 2021)

Format of GFMD IMPACT learning meetings

Literature reviews

In preparation for each meeting, the GFMD IMPACT team prepares a literature review analysing the most relevant research and other resources. These are shared with participants in advance of the meeting.

See our resources section for previous literature reviews.

Case studies

Case studies, selected by the GFMD IMPACT team, are presented by researchers, practitioners and donors both ahead of learning meetings on GFMD's Youtube channel. See these examples from the learning meeting on disinformation.

Presenting case studies in this format means that the learning meetings themselves can be more interactive and ensure that those unable to attend are still able to benefit from the presentations.

Breakout groups

Where possible, GFMD IMPACT learning meetings have breakout groups where participants are able to discuss in more details the issues raised in the literature reviews, case studies or presentations.

GFMD IMPACT breakout groups held under the Chatham House rule:

When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

The breakout groups are also recorded but only for the purposes of record-keeping and to enable accurate reporting. The video or audio is never be shared or published.

Meeting reports

After each meeting, the discussions are written up with the literature review to create a briefing on the topic.

Meeting rules

GFMD IMPACT meetings are not for the solicitation of funding.

GFMD policy and learning meetings

GFMD also organises 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 topics for these meetings will be chosen based on feedback from GFMD's members and with input from GFMD's policy and learning committee.

If you would like to participate in or propose topics for GFMD policy and learning meetings please contact advocacy@gfmd.info

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