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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.

Event: Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting

Even with all of the challenges and pitfalls, could PSBs be a critical building block of a diverse media sector? Could it be one piece among a variety of ownership and management structures that might help in the struggle to ensure media diversity? How can donors and media development practitioners shape effective strategies to support strong and independent PSBs?

Media in Latin America: A Way Forward

The Center for International Media Assistance and Deutsche Welle Akademie have launched a series of regional consultations with media stakeholders–civil society and media watchdog NGOs, broadcast regulators, academics, media industry representatives, government officials, and others in the media and development sectors–to diagnose the problems facing independent media in the world today. The first of these conferences took place in Bogota, Colombia, in November 2015. CIMA and DW Akademie are pleased to publish Media in Latin America: A Path Forward, a summary of the discussion and the findings.


What will the future of the Internet look like and how will it impact our democratic institutions? Will the ubiquity of Internet connected devices, which often track human behavior, benefit society or pose a risk to individual liberty?


China’s media development work in Africa goes a long way toward its strategic objective to control media narratives outside its territory. By helping to shape and mold state media operations, the dominant news provider in many African countries, China can help foster media systems that more closely resemble the Chinese model. A media with greater state control and journalists who are trained to toe the government line makes it easier for the Chinese to sway public opinion.

State Takeover of Public Media in Poland: Is an Illiberal Axis Emerging with the EU's Walls?

The decision of the new Polish government to take direct control of state radio and television threatens the independent regulatory system that was painstakingly constructed after Poland ended one-party rule in 1989. At a time when democracy is under threat not just outside the EU’s borders but within its very midst, the events in Poland should send shivers up the spine of Europe.

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