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CFI is mainly funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, as part of French Official Development Assistance. The agency has developed an active policy of fund-raising external to the Ministry, at both national and European level: the European Union (EU), either directly or indirectly through Expertise France (EF), the French Development Agency (AFD) and the German cooperation agency (GIZ), which are some of its regular donors.

Among the projects conducted by the agency in 2020 and funded by the European Union, the D-Jil project, which supports the media to innovate and create online content for young people in the Arab world, is worthy of mention. Other noteworthy examples include EU-JDID, which provides European support for the development of democracy and institutions in Jordan and Safir, which supports the economic inclusion of young people in nine countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

Also funded by the European Union, but via the agency Expertise France, the Qudra 2 project aims to improve access to information for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. The same applies in the case of the Pravo Justice project, which seeks to bring about greater understanding of justice reforms in Ukraine by strengthening the media’s capacity to cover these issues.

For its part, the AFD funded four CFI projects in 2020: MediaSahel, which aims to increase the involvement of young people in the Sahel region through the media, Afri’Kibaaru, which supports the production and dissemination of news related to sustainable development in Africa, Citizen Connections 2, which encourages young people in Africa to engage in civic matters, and Qarib, which helps media outlets to unite Middle Eastern societies.

Two projects were also run with funding from the German cooperation agency GIZInfoRights, which sought to increase media coverage of human rights in Mauritania and Benin Citizens’ Dialogue 2, which aimed to improve the quality of exchanges on questions of accountability and citizen control of public action, thanks to an increase in the quality of the media output.


In 2020, 60% of the agency’s projects, in particular those aimed at young people, were run in partnership with the editorial offices or departments of France Médias Monde (RFI, France 24 and Monte Carlo Doualiya).

For example, as part of the MediaSahel project, the Priorité Santé programme from RFI broadcast 20 videos between April and August 2020 to raise awareness and dispel false information about coronavirus. Another illustration of this is the radio fiction series, Dianké, which has been available free of charge on the RFI podcast platform since summer 2020.

Launched in spring 2020, the Safir project is run by a consortium of partners: the Institut français, which is the lead partner, the Francophone University Association (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, AUF), the Arab NGO Network for Development, Pitchworthy (Lebanon), Lab’ESS (Tunisia) and CFI.

The agency also continued to support African creations and had a hand in the emergence of new talent, through the writing and production of several series, in partnership with Canal+ Afrique, as part of the Writing and producing in Africa 3 project.

At European level, CFI regularly cooperates with its counterparts, BBC Media Action, Deutsche Welle, International Media Support (IMS) and Free Press Unlimited (FPU), and is also a member of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) and the EPD (European Partnership for Democracy), a European network that works to promote democracy throughout the world.

Finally, CFI works with many partners in the South which, thanks to their location and proximity to local situations, help to establish development projects for and through the media.