+ MediaDev funding webinars
As part of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD)'s capacity building programme, we have held three webinars on MediaDev fundraising.
If you would like to suggest other ideas for GFMD webinars on MediaDev funding, please get in touch!

WEBINAR 1: Writing successful proposals for Media Development

Date: October 2018
The webinar highlights and explores the key ingredients for success when writing applications for grant funding. Aimed at staff responsible for winning new business at media development agencies, the session covers the core building blocks of standard funding proposals (objectives, outcomes and outputs) as well as issues such as M&E, risk management and sustainability. It also promotes techniques for crafting a strong, compelling narrative which combines a logical progression of ideas with cogent situation analysis. The master-class is relevant for novices as well as experienced managers.
The webinar was delivered by Michael Randall, a media consultant with 20 years’ experience of designing, writing and evaluating proposals. Randall, author of the GFMD fundraising guide, has an exceptional track record of securing funding from all the major donors (European Commission, State Department, USAID, UN agencies) as well as European governments and private foundations. Following a 17-year career at BBC Media Action, he now works on a freelance basis and lives in France.

WEBINAR 2: Challenges of Applying for EU Media Funding

Date: November 2018
This webinar, delivered in 2018, was aimed at building the fundraising capacities of GFMD members in the European Neighbourhood and the Global South, particularly those who were considering applying for Lot 3 of the Global Call (deadline 21/12/2018).
It provided an opportunity for participants to:
· Find out more about the way EIDHR works and how bids are evaluated;
· Gain insights into the key ingredients of a competitive proposal;
· Consider and discuss project ideas which met the objectives of Lot 3.
The webinar was delivered by Michael Randall, a media consultant with 20 years’ experience of designing, writing and evaluating proposals. Randall, author of the GFMD fundraising guide, has an exceptional track record of securing funding from all the major donors (European Commission, State Department, USAID, UN agencies) as well as European governments and private foundations. Following a 17-year career at BBC Media Action, he now works on a freelance basis and lives in France.

WEBINAR 3: Fundraising for Media Development

Date: June 2019
The third instalment in GFMD’s ongoing Capacity-Building Programme focused on strategies for tapping into available funding streams for media development, including philanthropists and private foundations. As well as outlining how to capitalise on existing sources of revenue, the webinar looked at ways of identifying new donors and building lasting relationships and included a discussion on the perceived opportunities for influencing the donor agenda.
The webinar, moderated by media consultant Michael Randall (see profile above), featured:
· Josh LaPorte: media development advisor at Project Syndicate. Previously with the European Journalism Centre for 14 years, Josh headed EJC's ‘No News Is Bad News’, a multi-year global press freedom initiative in alliance with Free Press Unlimited. Josh oversaw implementation of EJC’s programming across Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America, and was editor of EJC’s ‘Reporting Development Handbook’, ‘Making the Media Work For You: A Guide for Civil Society Organizations’, and co-creator of reality TV serial ‘Top Story: Kenya’s Next Top Journalist’.
· Melissa Rendler-Garcia: President, Buena Onda Consulting Inc. Melissa has obtained grants and built relationships with donors and private foundations including CIDA, DFID, EU, Global Fund and USAID, resulting in over $180 million in funding for regional and country-specific program expansion in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Asia. She also serves as Media Development Advisor to the European Journalism Centre, providing support in fundraising, program design and monitoring and evaluation of a multi-country programme focused on media development and press freedom.
· Nicolas Chatara-Morse: CEO, Project Syndicate. Nicolas Chatara-Morse is an international entrepreneur with a remarkable history of making non-profit organizations flourish and has broad experience in business development, fundraising, revenue growth, and global expansion.

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