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International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)

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The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The programme not only finances media projects that produce significant change using relatively small amounts of money; it also integrates these projects into a long-term strategy of human rights-based support aimed at expanding the space for freedom of expression and media pluralism in developing and post-conflict countries.

The multilateral modality of financial assistance provided by the IPDC represents an important alternative to bilateral support to the media. The aid provided is not associated to any particular donor and is therefore not perceived as compromising the integrity and independence of recipient media organizations, which are particularly sensitive to their credibility among their audience/readers.

How IPDC works

An intergovernmental Council, composed of 39 member states and elected by the UNESCO General Conference, governs the IPDC. The IPDC Bureau consists of eight members nominated by the governing council, and meets annually to appraise, select and approve media projects proposed by developing countries and countries in transition. The approved projects receive funds from voluntary contributions provided by donor countries

Who is eligible for IPDC assistance

Media organizations such as press, radio and television, media training institutes, professional journalists' organizations, media development agencies, and community media organizations are eligible to seek support from IPDC. All proposals are processed by field-based UNESCO Advisers for Communication and Information. Media projects with potential to serve as models are especially encouraged. Particular attention is always given to proposals from the least-developed, landlocked and small island countries.

IPDC Priorities

In providing support to projects, IPDC is guided by the following four priorities established by its Council:

  • promotion of freedom of expression and media pluralism;
  • development of community media;
  • human resource development;
  • promotion of international partnerships.

These priorities are set in the context of UNESCO’s new communication strategy:

  • to encourage the free flow of information at international and national levels;
  • to promote a wider and better balanced dissemination of information with no obstacle to freedom of expression;
  • to strengthen communication capacities in developing countries.

Click here to view the statutes of the Intergovernmental Council of the IPDC.

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