Global Forum for Media Development 3rd World Conference

In partnership with Highway Africa

GFMD - Global Forum for Media Development

Media Matters: giving voice to a changing world
3rd World Conference of the Global Forum for Media Development
in conjunction with Highway Africa
September 9-11, 2012

The joint GFMD and Highway Africa conferences will bring together some 300 media development practitioners, high-level donor and media representatives, journalists, editors, media experts and researchers from around the world.

The GFMD conference is the only global event that addresses media development directly and in a comprehensive manner. It is the place where all groups involved in media development meet and agree strategies for cooperation. It is the event where all the different strands of discussion about media development come together.

The GFMD 3rd World Conference focuses on why media matters to building democratic societies, good governance, human and economic development. Linked to the theme of Highway Africa: “Africa Rising”, the GFMD conference will have a special focus on Africa and the role of media development and new technology initiatives in building open societies in African countries.

The aim of # Media matters: giving voice to a changing world is to define new and more targeted strategies of media development aimed at building free, independent and pluralistic media that serve the information and communication needs of the public. With the use of new technologies, increase of the internet information space, social media and pressures on traditional media and market models, media development needs to redefine its strategies.

The GFMD has the global network, especially through its members in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Eurasia, the Middle East, to develop new ideas for promoting media freedom, professional journalism and inclusive media landscapes.

Themes

The main focus of the GFMD conference is the effect new media, mobile technology and new players in the media scene have on media development strategies. This theme will be further defined in panel discussion and workshop sessions organised jointly by GFMD and Highway Africa:

  • The New Information Environment and Internet Freedom
  • Innovation and technology: Making them work for media development;
  • Holding governments to account: role of media in good governance;
  • Standards and ethics in media across all platforms;
  • Media Matters: Impact of media development on other development sectors (health, elections, disasters);
  • Media, the new information environment and rights: effects on the rights of women and of children;
  • Media and Conflict: Lessons learnt and new strategies;

The advantage of the GFMD global network is that it can draw on media development expertise from around the world. In addition to the main themes, a wide range of issues media professionals and media development practitioners face in their daily work will be addressed in workshops and panel discussions.

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