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The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is dedicated to improving U.S. efforts to promote independent media in developing countries around the world.

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Who we are:

The Center for International Media Assistance is a research and knowledge platform that aims to improve the effectiveness of media development around the world.

What we do:

The Center provides information, builds networks, conducts research, and highlights the indispensable role media play in the creation and development of sustainable democracies.

CIMA convenes donors, implementers, academics, journalists and other stakeholders in the media development community. Housed at the National Endowment for Democracy, CIMA coordinates working groups and discussions, and commissions reports and commentary on critical issues to the field.

OUR LATEST EVENT: The Politics of Media Development

What does it mean for media development practitioners to engage politically, to build coalitions for reform, and to work with political actors to get results? Are there tools that we can use to make reforms happen? How can media development community better engage in the broader development agenda? Watch our renowned experts from the development field discuss these topics.

The Politics of Media Development

The Center for International Media Assistance is pleased to release The Politics of Media Development: The Importance of Engaging Government and Civil Society, By Paul Rothman of CIMA’s staff. This paper outlines the key role of political support, the need for more nuanced understanding of political context, and how donors and implementers can more effectively engage drivers of change in the public sector to build support for media and media development work.


CPJ’s latest report, “Balancing Act: Press Freedom at Risk as EU Struggles to March Action with Values,” highlights the challenges that the major EU institutions—the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament, and the Court of Justice—face when it comes to press freedom.

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