About Qarib

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.


  • Promote investigative journalism within communities that covers issues related to daily life

  • Make the media more independent and help it prevent the spread of disinformation

  • Turn media outlets into forums for interaction for local initiatives, with the aim of reducing tensions between individuals, communities and public authorities



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.