CFI, the French operator in media cooperation, is at the hub of initiatives, requests and opportunities on this theme. Quite naturally, CFI often transfers requests to other French players in the sector that they are likely to handle as part of their remit.
Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) – Malaysia
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CFI has partnered this organisation since 2004.
In 2010 and 2011, CFI conducted several training assignments with the AIBD: workshop on variety shows, training for TV reporters, workshop on investigative journalism and training in economic journalism.
CONFEJES – France
The Conference of the Youth and Sports Ministers of French-speaking Countries (CONFEJES) is an umbrella association for initiatives in French-speaking countries, supervising initiatives catering to young people and sport.
Alongside CFI, the CONFEJES is involved in fostering professionalism of young journalists covering continental and international sports events.
Two or three joint workshops are organised every year.
Conseil Culturel de l’Union pour la Méditerranée
CFI has partnered the UPM since 2010.
In 2010, CFI launched the Maarifa , project, in partnership with France Télévisions and the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), and under the aegis of the Cultural Council of the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM), to support the production of educational TV programmes in the Arab world. The conference Maarifa Television and education – knowledge, an issue for the general public organised by CFI was held in October 2010 at the ASBU head office in Tunis.
Founded 30 years ago, the GRET (Research and Technological Exchange Group) is a professional, solidarity-led organisation working in international cooperation .
As part of a global support project to foster professionalism and the structuring of media in Chad steered by the GRET, CFI rolled out a series of 3-phase initiatives for the benefit of Télé Tchad. An initial phase involved training courses for journalists on reporting. A second workshop catering to programme directors, chief editors, directors and graphic artists focussed on the adaptation of the programme schedule to fit in election campaigns and nights.
A third workshop, in August 2010 was devoted to the creation of an election night programme focussing on production and content (managing speaking time, preparing introductions and conclusions, handling the transition from one speaker to another).
Research Institute for Development
(IRD) – France
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CFI teamed up with the IRD in 2010 to lead a training assignment on the directing of programmes on global warming, with the Maldives state broadcasting corporation (MNBC). Several documentaries were produced with advice from the experts.
Ministry of Higher Education in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq
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In 2010, CFI conducted an exploratory and fund-seeking assignment for this organisation, in order to prepare future cooperation assignments with Iraqi media.
United Nations Development Programme
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CFI has partnered this organisation since 2011.
In 2011, CFI organised three assignments to assist with the production of society magazines in partnership with the UNDP Lebanon.
TAM Women Media & development – Palestine
CFI has been working with this organisation since 2007.
In 2009, TAM and CFI launched the blog An-Nathra (“Outlook ” in Arabic) led by ten young Palestinian women, with backing from the French Consulate-General in Jerusalem.
In 2009 and 2010, several assignments were conducted by CFI to reinforce the skills of the An-Nathra journalists, especially covering blog management, writing as journalists and inserting multimedia content.
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CFI has partnered UNESCO since 2010.
In 2010, CFI worked with UNESCO Baghdad to prepare journalists for the coverage of legislative elections in Iraq, and teamed up with UNESCO Bangkok to organise three workshops on the creation of documentaries at TV channel Thai PBS. In 2011, CFI organised several training sessions for Iraqi journalists in partnership with UNESCO Baghdad in Erbil, on sustainable development issues. In Africa, CFI partnered UNESCO to organise a training session on the directing of subjects on AIDS in July 2011 in Brazzaville. This project aims to support eight TV channels from five countries in central Africa (CRTV and Canal 2 from Cameroon, TVCA from the Central African Republic, MNTV and Télé Congo from Congo Brazzaville, Télé Africa from Gabon, RTNC and Télé 7 from the Democratic Republic of Congo) in their efforts to raise viewer awareness of this blight. The subjects will be broadcast on CFI’s African network on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2011.