2018, confirmation of an upward trajectory
A course set by an ambitious contract of objectives
2017 was a year characterised by transformations at the agency and increased closeness to the France Médias Monde group. In 2018, this integration was consolidated and its impact optimised, against a background of strong growth in activities.
2018 was marked in particular by a new structuring step with the signing of a contract of objectives between CFI and the French government, by Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Secretary of State for the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, and Marc Fonbaustier, Chairman of the Management Board of CFI, in the presence of Marie-Christine Saragosse, CEO of France Médias Monde. For a period of three years (2018-2020), this contract has set an ambitious course and provided a solid reference framework for the agency.
At the heart of our initiatives: young people, digital technology and supporting stabilisation in crisis or post-crisis countries
This contract of objectives has guided CFI initiatives focusing on a number of priorities that relate, in particular, to young people, digital technology, gender equality promotion and the global francophone community, in the priority regions of our external action.
Young people are thus at the heart of the MediaSahel project developed by CFI with the French Development Agency (AFD) and which aims to promote, via the media, the socio-political inclusion of the young men and women affected by the crisis that the Sahel is experiencing. In order to meet the challenge of the digital transformation of the media in French?speaking Africa, CFI has also implemented projects relating to the digital migration of traditional media (Media 360°) and support for online media (Naila).
2018 was also the first year of implementation of the PAGOF project (Projet d’Appui aux Gouvernements Ouverts Francophones, Project for Promoting Open Governments in the Francophone World) aimed at promoting the openness of public data in Tunisia, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast.
The on-the-ground work of CFI in 2018 also included a number of projects dedicated to the consolidation of democracy in countries emerging from crisis. For example, the Tasalah project supported media outlets in their role of promoting social cohesion in Iraq. In the same region, with the Qudra project, CFI has contributed to strengthening the provision of information to Syrian refugees living in camps situated in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Dozens of videos have been produced and broadcast on television and social media in these three countries, with more than 2 million views being achieved on the social network Facebook.
Lastly, with the Media component of the Relèvement et stabilisation en Centrafrique (Recovery and stabilisation in Central African Republic) project (financed by the Bêkou Fund of the European Union) run by Expertise France, CFI has increased the capacity of regional radio stations to get involved in a project supporting the redeployment of government services, the strengthening of justice and the promotion of social cohesion.
Consolidation of relationships with external backers
While CFI relies on funding from the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, which grants it the independence, responsiveness and flexibility that are essential for ensuring its continued work, the agency has also continued to strengthen its relationships with external backers in order to obtain additional funding. Beyond the co-construction with the AFD of a large project in the Sahel as mentioned above, the Benin Citizen Dialogues project has been co-financed by the German cooperation agency (GIZ) and the D-Jil (Digital generation) project is financed by the European Union in the context of the European Neighbourhood Instrument.
In this context, the significant growth that CFI has experienced, measured both in terms of items on the balance sheet and the number of personnel involved, consolidates the foundation of its activities and kicks off a sustainable and well-structured expansion for the years to come. This also underpins the confidence that the French government has placed in the agency, as well as its strategy of supporting development for the media and by the media.