DW Akademie

DW Akademie is part of Deutsche Welle and one of the leading organisations supporting international media development – as a competence centre of education, it works on that issue for more than 50 years. It is not only focused on international media development and the education of DW trainees; it also offers the master program "International Media Studies" as well as intercultural media trainings for executives. DW Akademie works in about 50 countries, among them 18 in Africa. In these latter countries, it advises traditional media, small radio stations and even blogger. DW Akademie seeks to strengthen free media and works on a highly professional education of journalists (e.g. National Journalism School in Myanmar, Press Council in Mongolia, Trauma Centre for Reporter in Crisis Zones in Pakistan). It also gives advice to state-run organisations and NGOs. Additionally, DW Akademie fosters the media competence of adolescents (e.g. in Cambodia).

Media in Cooperation and Transition

Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT) is a non-profit organisation that implements media development projects in crisis regions. MiCT has been involved in diverse projects, e.g. in Mali, Sierra Leone ("Ebola Bye Bye”, FM Radio Project), Sudan, South-Sudan (“”, News/Coaching-website), Iraq (Media Academy Iraq) and Syria (Syrnet: Syria Radio Network) as well as in a comprehensive project in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia ( Activities focus on the interplay between conflict, media coverage and reconciliation: That’s why MiCT’s services comprise for example trainings of journalists, program and content development (broadcast, TV and online) or management consulting. Research activities complete the profile of the organisation. MiCT was founded in 2004, an international team of more than 20 full-time staff members works at the headquarter in Berlin.

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS)

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a huge political foundation in Germany. In the context of its “Global Media Program”, it promotes a free and independent media landscape, independent journalists who assume their role as watchdogs as well as a professional political communication based on common values between citizens and politicians. The KAS media program for sub-Saharan Africa was implemented in 2002. Projects for traditional and digital media like #AfricaBlogging, the investigative Journalism Manual+ App, the African Investigative Journalism Conference or the media law handbook should sustainably contribute to the democratic development on the continent. 

Fondation Hirondelle

Fondation Hirondelle, founded in 1995, is a Swiss non-profit organisation and aims to give people in conflict regions access to independent media. In crisis and post-crisis situations, Fondation Hirondelle defends a responsible and accurate journalism. The organisation sets priority on providing broadcasts (radio, online) in local languages, produced by local journalists. Fields of work are therefore content and organisation development, trainings of journalists, media monitoring and research on media effects. Current programs are for example Radio Okapi (DR Congo), Radio Ndeke Luka (Central African Republic), the training centre Studio Mozaik (Ivory Coast) or Radio Nationale Tunisienne (Tunisia). The organisation is based in Lausanne.


African Media Initiative (AMI)

The African Media Initiative (AMI) is an independent, pan-African media development organisation. It seeks to strengthen the continent’s private and independent media sector from an owner and operator perspective. The overall goal is to promote the development of pluralistic and critical media in order to support social developments and economic growth. AMI has established Zimeo, a network of media actors and experts in media development. Furthermore, it organises the African Media Leaders Forum. AMI also conceives its own trainings, focused on African countries, dealing with media financing, development communication and content development. The "African Media Cooperative" will start operations shortly and can be seen as a promising syndication platform pushing the inner-African dialogue. AMI was founded in 2010 and is based in Nairobi, Kenia. 

Catholic Media Council (CAMECO)

The Catholic Media Council (CAMECO) is a church consultancy with a focus on development-oriented media initiatives and social communication, especially in the regions of the global South. 64 % of the projects are related to Africa. Emphasis are put on advising partner organisations on how to develop, plan and monitor media and communication projects as well as on the exchange of best practice. As coordinator, CAMECO has played a substantial role in developing the German network "Forum Media and Development" (FOME) that serves as an exchange platform between actors in media praxis, media politics and science. The organisation was founded in 1969 and is based in Aachen. 

PANOS South Asia

PANOS South Asia is a non-governmental organisation that cooperates with local and regional partner organisations in order to inform all groups of society and to stimulate political debates. It seeks to renegotiate power in that region by providing information on key environment and development issues. Furthermore, it offers issue-based training workshops to build greater capacity in investigative reporting. It promotes a greater presence and participation of women in the media landscape. Due to the impact of new actors in the field of media development assistance – such as China, Russia and Qatar – Panos South Asia can bring another perspective to the research school MEDAS 21. The headquarter of Panos South Asia is in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was established in 1997.

Radio Netherlands Training Centre

The Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) provides training for media professionals - from journalists and programme-makers to social activists and communications professionals from non-governmental organisations. RNTC was set up in 1968 as a joint initiative of RNW Media (formerly Radio Netherlands Worldwide) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Over the past 50 years, it has gained valuable expertise in delivering courses to media professionals around the world. Furthermore, it focuses on the role media can play in society, especially in the developing world and countries in transition.


EIRENE was founded by the historic peace churches and the International Fellowship of Reconciliation as an international nonviolent service for peace. It started in the USA in 1957, but the focus soon shifted to Europe and especially to Germany: After years of war, volunteers came here to make an effort for peace - the other way round, German volunteers wanted to contribute to the service for peace as well. Today, EIRENE is a registered association with more than 260 members from a variety of countries. They all work for justice, peace and the integrity of one world. Furthermore, EIRENE is on its way to become an anti-racist organisation to overcome all forms of discrimination through nonviolence. 


Internews is an international non-profit organization headquartered in California, Washington D.C., London and Paris, with regional hubs in Bangkok and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, it has worked in more than 100 countries with offices across all continents (from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America to North America). The organization works to support independent media in partnership with local communities by strengthening the capacity of media professionals, human rights activists, and information entrepreneurs to provide quality information.