The Media Freedom Coalition (MFC) was formed in July 2019 at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London as “a partnership of countries working together to advocate for media freedom and safety of journalists and hold to account those who harm journalists for doing their job”.
The Global Conference for Media Freedom hosted a session for donors on 10 July 2019.
“Historically, media development has focused on journalism training ...[however]... donors increasingly understand that the media are part of a country’s political economy and therefore require broader, more substantial, and longer-term support.”
The paper also lamented the dearth of efforts within donor organisations dedicated to understanding media’s role, the low level of priority often given to media issues within development agencies, and the lack of mechanisms that institutionalise media support into policy structures.
In addition to OECD guidelines, A number of countries have specific guidelines for media assistance and journalism support, including, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) Sida's guidelines for Media Development (2010).
At the Second High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (2005), it was recognised that aid could - and should - be producing better impacts and development efforts should be based on first-hand experience of what works and does not work.
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