CIMA's Mission Statement

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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Our Approach:

We strive to build a foundation of knowledge for media development donors, implementers, and civil society actors on best practices and solutions for improving media systems. We do this because we believe media plays an indispensable role in the creation and development of sustainable democracies.

CIMA focuses on four cross-cutting issue areas in media development: effectiveness, sustainability, innovation, and funding. Together, they encompass efforts to improve the capacity and quality of the media sector.

What we do:

  • Conduct Research
  • Produce Written Analysis
  • Convene Experts
  • Develop Networks of Thought Leaders

What is Media Development?

The term media development refers to evolution and change in the fields of news media and communications. Such change relates to a range of institutions, practices, and behaviors including the rule of law, freedoms of expression and press, education systems for journalists, business environments, capacities of journalists and managers, as well as support for a diversity of views in society. This evolution can be stimulated by donor support, private investment, or local processes of change led by media owners, managers, journalists, media industry associations, and other collective efforts. Read more!

Profiles in Media Development Funding

In order to better understand the work donors are facilitating around the world the Center for International Media Assistance, with support from the Open Society Foundations (OSF), surveyed these organizations. In each profile you will learn about the organization’s background, its current thematic priorities, details about funding, and in most cases a couple of examples that illustrate the types of media development projects they fund.

Media in Latin America: A Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

In Chile, the government of President Michelle Bachelet has announced an investment of $100 million U.S. to modernize the country’s public service broadcaster, TVN. This is important because public service broadcasting–often coopted into becoming a state-run broadcaster–is an important channel for quality media in the few countries around the world where it is allowed to function independently

Developing Local Media Systems for Syrian Refugees

Many Syrian refugees are living in an information void. Developing local media systems within refugee camps may be a solution. This work also may have the added benefit of helping to promote a more successful media environment in the region.


How will sponsored data plans, also known as zero-rating, affect the news people read? This is one of the main questions that will be be discussed at WAN-IFRA's Global Media Policy Forum in Cartagena in June. CIMA Associate Editor Daniel O'Maley will be there to offer his perspective on the global debate.

Ukraine's Media: In some ways, better than you think

Internews's Gillian McCormack on how she was pleasantly surprised by how Ukraine's public service broadcaster handled a ‪Panama Papers‬ story that implicated the country's president.

Divides and Nastiness Aside: The (few) Advantages of Lebanon's Media Sector

CIMA's new Assistant Research and Outreach Officer Madeleine Stokes reflects on the Lebanese media environment based on her time living in Beirut. She argues that a more engaging and inclusive media ecosystem is necessary to address the country's long term challenges.


As part of Russia’s authoritarian turn following Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in May 2012, the Kremlin has launched an unprecedented crackdown on the Russian Internet.


The United States and likeminded countries that advocate liberal democracy have a historic opportunity to establish a robust, long-term media investment fund to stimulate new markets, create new ownership, especially of emerging and new media, and promote innovative technologies.

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