GFMD Pre-Departure Brainstorming
On June 23rd, MiCT and the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) gathered media assistance groups, researchers and other experts to present existing research on this topic, to share experiences and to discuss ideas and cooperation.

With one in seven people today being a migrant, IDP or refugee, the challenge for media is to support and inform people who are already on the move and before. Questions discussed were:

– What is the most relevant information for people thinking about migrating and what are the sources of information?

– How does the need for and access to information change when people leave their home country and stay in or outside a refugee camp?

– How can journalists enable this special audience to make well-informed and beneficial decisions?

– And how can media help to fight the root causes for flight and displacement?

We were happy to host this knowledge exchange session at our Berlin head-office to share best practices, to develop ideas and projects for refugees, IDPs and people who stay behind in countries with conflicts and poor economics according to people’s needs and media usage.

Representatives of BBC Media Action, CFI, Deutsche Welle Akademie, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF), the German Federal Foreign Office, the Institut für Publizistik- und Kommunikationswissenschaft der Freien Universität Berlin, the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR), International Media Support (IMS), Internews, the LSE Department of Media and Communications, RNW Media, Rozana FM, the Thomson Foundation, and UNESCO attended the event.