Annual Report 2016


Our principal donors

The media cooperation desired by the French Republic and entrusted to CFI by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development is aided by funding from three additional sources:

  • An annual grant reflects the pro-active role of the State and the desire to take in-depth action for the long term. The clarity offered by three-year planning schedules enables medium-term objectives to be pursued, progress to be monitored and French overseas aid policy, which focuses on a number of priority countries, to be followed.
  • Supplementary commissions from public bodies illustrate our constant dialogue with the political departments of the Ministry that manage France’s changing commitments. These one-off efforts serve to respond to crisis or post-crisis situations in which governments begin reconstruction processes, and to support stabilisation efforts.
  • Lastly, multilateral donors – primarily the European Union and UNESCO – set both geographical and topic-based priorities which group the most pertinent projects under a common umbrella and fund their deployment on a larger scale.

Additional funding broadens the scope of intervention

The main European development agencies follow this model. Like the French, the British, Germans, Danes, Dutch and Swedes base their work around their same priority of enhancing governance through initiatives taken on a local level which increasingly involve the full panoply of civil society. All of them rely on a solid core funding basis from their home government and broaden the scope of their intervention by dint of supplementary funding which is inherently less secure but is often more extensive.

Media cooperation per se is no longer the most visible recipient of donor funding. Working with the media in the global South is now generally perceived as a multiplier and a means to creating ownership which can aid a large number of development projects.

Many calls for projects are targeted at civil society; increasingly, an aspect of the work involves local organisations making use of media resources to cement their influence and seek a buy-in from local populations. The media landscape has irreversibly expanded beyond the traditional radio, TV and printed media to incorporate large numbers of online platforms, applications and supplementary offerings that provide a broader forum for news and debate.

Alongside the increasing inclusion of media sections in calls for projects, new modes of funding are also beginning to appear. In 2015, for instance, the first trust funds were created to carry out focused and coordinated action on a large scale with priorities derived from devastating changes. Aid for Syrian refugees, the reconstruction of the Central African Republic and the fight against forced migration are now dealt with outside the traditional priorities of neighbourhood policy or human rights. This approach provides a new way to work on an in-depthbasis in coordination with educational, health and security programmes.