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WAN-IFRA signs €1 Million Partnership with Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers has formalised a 3-year, NOK 9,000,000 (EUR 1,000,000) agreement with the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support WAN-IFRA's Media Freedom activities in Central East Africa and South East Asia.

The agreement will allow WAN-IFRA to continue its efforts to increase women's leadership and voices in the news in Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania, and strengthen independent media in Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam through to 2019, says WAN-IFRA.

WAN-IFRA cooperated closely with member association MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses' Association) to first establish the partnership with the Ministry in 2013 and grow it into the multi-year partnership that it is today.

"The continued support from the Ministry is a testament to WAN-IFRA's unique ability to engage with media at a global level. It is also a shining example of what can be achieved when WAN-IFRA collaborates closely with our members", says Vincent Peyregne, CEO of WAN-IFRA. "We are delighted to be able to continue the good work that we've begun in these regions."

The Media Freedom and Democracy Programme aims to build strong independent media that support democratic development, hold powers to account, and promote human rights, with an emphasis on gender equality. It achieves this through two distinct projects under one framework: Media Professionals Programme South East Asia, and, Women in News: Central-East Africa. Both programmes apply mentoring, coaching and networking tactics alongside traditional skills development to promote financial sustainability, editorial quality, and, gender equality within programme media partners.