Renewing MediaDev principles
Renewing the principles for effective media development and support to journalism.
With support from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), GFMD International Media Policy and Advisory Centre has taken on a leadership role in the OECD's Development Assistance Committee's Network on Governance adopting a process to "Renewing principles on effective support to journalism and media".
The Concept note for the project argues “that an agreed set of principles will improve overall results and impacts of media assistance and help to overcome long standing weaknesses in media development efforts.”
This process aims to develop a set of principles that can be used to guide donors in their media assistance strategies. It is informed by a series of consultations during 2021 and 2022 among major stakeholders in the field of media development.
More than 190 representatives from bilateral donor agencies, implementing organisations, civil society representatives, and media development experts have actively participated in this process so far.
Starting with the most recent, below is a list of the consultations and interventions that have been made in the procress so far.
GFMD and CIMA will continue to host further virtual and in-person consultative discussions with donors, implementers, private contractors, and national/regional media development organisations, respectively.
The consultations will strive also to engage with stakeholders, including in governments and the technological industries, who may not be directly engaged in media development activities, though hold strong influence over the sector. Participants will be asked to contribute ideas for how to make the revised “general” principles more specific and actionable and to interpret how the principles might be actioned in specific contexts.
These consultations may include brief presentations by experts with experience designing and implementing principles in a related field of development.
Depending on buy-in and support for this process from key stakeholders, a potential timeline and key milestones for developing media support principles and recommendations could be as follows:
The development of principles for effective support to the media sector and journalism would build upon prior efforts. These include:
For futher literature used by CIMA and the GFMD IMPACT help desk to identify the general principles and guidelines for effective support, see:
ESPAÑOL - Nota conceptual Principles on Effective Support to Media - CIMA_GFMD.pdf
Lessons learnt from a Media Development Research Program.pdf