Qarib supports media outlets operating in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Palestine in order to boost social cohesion, promote the integration of communities and encourage public debate. Qarib is a regional programme funded by AFD, the French development agency, and implemented by CFI, the French media development agency.
Feed into the debate on local news and gain a better understanding of public expectations
→ Initiating studies and organising feedback meetings between the various stakeholders in the media ecosystem;
→ Organizing public debates to promote a dialogue between citizens, the media and authorities.
Encourage the sharing and dissemination of good journalistic practices at regional level
→ Sharing of working practices
→ Sharing of content
Bring media outlets and their audiences closer together
→ Training journalists, agents of change, on how to cover specific topics aimed at improving social cohesion and on innovative formats to make this content appealing;
→ Funding proposed thematic content that promotes social cohesion;
→ Awarding thematic prizes for the best content produced.
Strengthen trust in the media and the news
→ Identifying and sharing initiatives for verifying information;
→ Raising awareness of source verification among young people, and of advocacy among media outlets and authorities.
Support the sustainability of independent media and citizen-friendly journalism
→ Consolidating the business models of certain media outlets;
→ Supporting local media development stakeholders and incubators.