Profiles in Media Development Funding

International donors, both public and private, play an essential role in media development worldwide. 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.

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Public Donors



Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia


European Commission


European Endowment for Democracy


French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development


German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation & Development (BMZ)


Global Affairs Canada


Government of Norway


Government of the United States of America


Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands


National Endowment for Democracy


Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA)




Private Donors

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Bloomberg Philanthropies


Ford Foundation


Knight Foundation


Media Democracy Fund


Media Development Investment Fund


Omidyar Network


Open Society Foundations


Skoll Foundation