CFI is mainly funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, as part of French Official Development Assistance. The agency has developed an active policy of external fund-raising at European and international level: the European Union (EU), the French Development Agency (AFD), the German cooperation agency (GIZ) and Expertise France (EF) are some of its regular donors.
Several projects run by the agency in 2019 were funded by the European Union. Examples of this include the D-Jil project, which supports the media to innovate and create online content for young people in the Arab world, and EU-JDID, which provides European support for the development of democracy and institutions in Jordan.
A further project funded by the European Union, EcoMedia, has improved, through the media, the quality of public debate and increased citizen control with regard to good economic governance in Burkina Faso.
For its part, the AFD funds two CFI projects in particular: MediaSahel, which aims to increase the involvement of young people in the Sahel region through the media and PAGOF (Project in Support of Open Governments in French-speaking Africa), run in partnership with Expertise France, which supports administrations, the media and African citizens in opening up public data and using it to benefit citizens.
Several projects were also run in 2019 with the German cooperation agency GIZ: InfoRights, which increases media coverage of human rights in Mauritania and Benin Citizens’ Dialogue, which improves the quality of exchanges on questions of accountability and citizen control of public action, thanks to an increase in the quality of the output from the media.
Lastly, some projects run by the agency in 2019 were funded by the French public body Expertise France. These projects include Qudra, which aims to improve access to information for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, and Pravo-Justice, which seeks to use the media to promote a greater understanding of justice reforms in Ukraine.
Our main partners
In 2019, 60% of the agency’s projects were run in partnerships with the editorial offices or departments of France Médias Monde (RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya), specifically through projects aimed at young people.
For example, the 18 medias outlets that received support as part of the D-Jil project were the subject of a presentation broadcast on Monte Carlo Doualiya, in the weekly magazine “Digital”, which is also accessible as a podcast on the radio station’s website.
International radio station RFI also broadcast two programmes from the Media and Development Forum, which brought 120 media outlets from 25 countries in Africa, the Arab world and South-East Asia together in Paris in December.
In 2019, CFI also completed the seventh round of the SafirLab project, run in partnership with the Institut français, which provided support over several months to around 20 young people from the Arab world leading innovative projects in the areas of civil society and the media.
In addition, at European level, CFI regularly cooperates with its counterparts, BBC Media Action, Deutsche Welle, International Media Support (IMS) and Free Press Unlimited (FPU), and is also a member of the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and the board of directors of EPD (European Partnership for Democracy), which works to promote democracy throughout the world.
Finally, CFI works with many partners in the South which, thanks to their location and their proximity to local situations, help to establish projects for the development of the media.