Ford Foundation Working with Visionaries on the Frontlines of Social Change Worldwide
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Advancing Public Service Media

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The goal of this work is to develop vibrant public interest media that engages and informs citizens worldwide on critical issues.

The Challenge

Media can help people make sense of the issues that are central to their lives and communities. Yet even as new technologies are making media ubiquitous, public interest values in media are threatened by access and control issues, diminishing the potential for millions to become better informed and engaged in the critical matters shaping the future of our world.

What We're Doing

To expand media's role in building stronger and freer societies, we are working to develop a vibrant public interest media service for the 21st century in Eastern Africa, West Africa, Indonesia, and India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Our grants will help:

  • Create a pipeline of high-quality content, representing diverse and independent perspectives
  • Strengthen the technology and distribution systems that allow people to access and contribute to this material
  • Boost public discussion and research about the ways in which media can better engage and inform all citizens

Learn more about how our strategies and approaches shape our grant making.




  • Heidi Arbuckle
  • Innocent Chukwuma
  • Paul Nwulu
  • Rosemary Okello Orlale

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