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Implementing the OECD principles on support to media and the information environment in Latin America and the Caribbean

On May 4, at UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day Conference in Santiago, Chile, GFMD is convening a Summit to discuss how to implement the OECD Development Cooperation Principles on Relevant and Effective Support to Media and the Information Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Author: Communications Gfmd | 12. March 2024

Regional meeting Latin America and Caribbean

Co-organisers:

  • Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)
  • Centre for International Media Assistance (CIMA)
  • Media Freedom Coalition (MFC) Media Development Working Group
  • UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)

Date: May 4th, 2024

Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Santiago Time (UTC-3)

Location: BiblioGAM (library), Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral, Centro Gabriela Mistral Av. Libertador Bernardo O’Higgins 227, Santiago, Chile.

Full Title: Implementing the OECD Development Cooperation Principles for Relevant and Effective Support to Media and the Information Environment in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Related events: The meeting is organised as an official side event of UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day in Santiago, Chile from 2-4 May 2024.

Participants: This meeting will bring together GFMD members and partners (donors, researchers and policymakers) who are active across the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Registration: The registration form for this meeting is available in English and Spanish.


Description

What is the objective of the Summit? The summit will reinvigorate support for independent media and the information environment across Latin America & the Caribbean by uniting journalists and media support actors with donors and policymakers in brainstorming strategies for implementing the recently adopted OECD Development Cooperation Principles for Relevant and Effective Support to Media and the Information Environment.

What are the six Principles? The six Principles aspire to encourage development cooperation providers to improve the relevance and effectiveness of their support to preserve, protect, and promote public interest media and information integrity in the following ways:

  1. Ensure that assistance does no harm to public interest media.
  2. Increase financial and other forms of support.
  3. Take a whole of system perspective.
  4. Strengthen local leadership and ownership.
  5. Improve coordination of support.
  6. Invest in knowledge, research, and learning.

Read the full OECD Development Cooperation Principles for Relevant and Effective Support to Media and the Information Environment here. 

How were the Principles developed? The Principles are the successful culmination of more than two years of consultations and advocacy led by GFMD and the Centre for International Media Assistance (CIMA) in collaboration with bilateral donor agencies (including Sweden, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States), intergovernmental institutions (including the Media Freedom Coalition, through its Media Development Working Group and UNESCO’s IPDC), implementing organisations, civil society representatives, and media development experts.

What do the Principles aim to achieve? They aspire to encourage development cooperation providers and other actors to improve the relevance and effectiveness of their support and policies to preserve, protect, and promote public interest media and information integrity. In doing so, they fuse the vital role of media and journalism in development and democracy, the severity of the crises facing public interest media and information integrity, emerging initiatives to improve innovation and coordination, and growing understanding of aid and development effectiveness and the impact of assistance.

What is the format of the summit? The meeting will be a collaborative event, designed by GFMD’s members and partners to facilitate dialogue on how to solve the interconnected systemic challenges that confront independent media in the region through a series of interactive sessions that build trust and deepen collaboration on journalist safety and the sustainability of journalism throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.


Registration

If you would like to be kept informed about the meeting and other activities of GFMD in the region please subscribe to our Latin America and the Caribbean email list by sending an email to LATAM+subscribe@gfmd.groups.io.


Agenda

09:00 – 09:20 Welcome, coffee, and registration

09.20 – 09.40 Welcome and Introduction

  • Ambassador Raúl Fernandez Daza, IPDC Chair and Ambassador of Chile to UNESCO or Sylvie Coudray, Director, Freedom of Expression and Media Education Division at UNESCO
  • Drusilla Menaker, Media Specialist, USAID and co-chair of the Media Freedom Coalition’s Working Group on Media Development

Introduced by Laura Becana Ball, Advocacy and Policy Manager, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) 

09:40 – 10:10 Using the Principles as a catalyst for change

  • Nick Benequista, Senior Director, Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA)
  • Jaime Abello, the Director, Fundacion Gabo.
  • Tom Law, Deputy Director, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)

In conversation with Laura Becana Ball, Advocacy and Policy Manager, Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) and with participation of all attendees.  

10:10 – 10:35 Flash presentations

GFMD members outline the latest evidence, trends and experiences from the region in the context of what implementing the principles would change for their organisations

  • Sembra Media
  • Fiquem Sabendo
  • El Surtidor
  • GK Ecuador
  • IREX

10.35 – 10.40 Breakout groups briefing 

10:40 – 10:50 Break

10:50 – 11:50 Breakout groups

Participants will be organised into breakout groups to discuss how each of the principles could be implemented in the Latin American and Caribbean contexts.

11:50 – 12:00 Break 

12:00 – 12:25 Reporting from breakout groups and discussion

12:25 – 12:55 Next steps: The whole group can comment on the outcomes of the breakout groups and highlight the main areas for future work, collaboration and practical ways that the principles could be implemented.

12:55 – 13:00 Conclusion


To find out first about the latest conferences, festivals, forums, meetings, and other events related to media development, journalism support press freedom and related subjects check out GFMD’s calendar.


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