WHAT is the GFMD?

The Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) is a membership network of 139 non-governmental media assistance organisations operating in about 80 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Eurasia and the Americas, which support the development of independent media at the community, national and regional level.

The GFMD is a practitioner-led process open to all sides of the community involved in media development around the world.

It is the mission of the GFMD to make media development an integral part of overall development strategies, just like education or health.

The GFMD’s basic values are support for free expression, media freedom and independent journalism as defined by the declarations of UNESCO at global conferences in Windhoek, Almaty, Santiago de Chile, Sana’a and Sofia.

The GFMD believes free, independent, viable and inclusive media are prerequisites for creating and strengthening democratic society and human development.

The GFMD aims to promote co-operation within the media development sector, to strengthen the quality of planning, evaluation and work carried out, and to enhance the impact of media development.

The work of the GFMD includes:

  • providing an international forum for the discussion of ideas, information and strategies in the field of media development and to facilitate communication among GFMD members,
  • creating a platform for media development practitioners to interact with donors, governments, opinion leaders and the wider public making the case for media development as a primary pillar for advancing social, economic, and democratic development,
  • promoting and disseminating research and analysis of the impact of media development on governance, civic participation, poverty alleviation, emergent crises, and markets worldwide,
  • establishing common standards and ethics for media development work that encourage cross-sector cooperation,
  • advancing best practice methods for media development through shared learning, training and evaluation,
  • educating members, policymakers and the general public on the importance of free, independent, pluralistic and viable media to human and economic development.