Media and fragile states (WP1278)

Wiston House


Location: Wiston House

Reference: WP1278

Access to independent media and information has a critical role in efforts to promote accountable government and foster political cohesion in fragile states and countries in transition. How can international donors most effectively support media in these environments?
The High Level Panel of Eminent Persons Report recommending a new development framework to replace the existing Millennium Development Goals has proposed an ‘indicative’ set of twelve new universal goals, including – within a goal of ensuring ‘good governance and effective institutions’ – that ‘people enjoy freedom of speech, association, peaceful protest and access to independent media and information.’
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Further information

BBC Media Action blog – Fragile States: It’s time to focus on society

Conference on Media, social media and democratic  governance

Conference on The Western Balkans and EU enlargement: ensuring progress on the rule of law

Accountability and democratic governance: Orientations and principles for development report (please refer to Chapter 9 on pages 107-118)

20 years of World Press Freedom Day

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Media and fragile states (WP1278)

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Published: 24 Mar 2014


Published: 29 Nov 2013



Programme Director

Robert Grant

Robert Grant
Biography and other conferences



  • BBC World Service Trust (Media Action)

  • BBC World Service

  • Free Press Unlimited

  • Hivos

  • Open Society Foundations

  • European Commission

  • United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Many thanks for including me in this conference – it was a fantastic couple of days. I learned a huge amount, met some fascinating people, and have been inspired to pursue some of what was discussed!

- Richard Sambrook, Director, Centre for Journalism, Cardiff University