Project information

Minorities in the Media

To increase awareness among development policy makers, wider civil society, majority communities, through media coverage, of the specific needs of minority and indigenous communities. To challenge discriminatory attitudes by encouraging better contact between majority and minority communities.


Charity information: Minority Rights Group International (MRG)

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  • Need


    Development issues that are addressed in this action include, progress towards MDGs, barriers to progress on MDGs, minority poverty, actions to break systemic cycles of poverty, marginalisation and exclusion.


    This programme is about addressing the negative attitudes resulting from ignorance and lack of contact between majorities and minorities and indigenous peoples. Through targeted work, campaigns, and quality publications, it will aim to combat the stereotypes, racism and/or hate speech existing in the media as a result of lack of information on the situation faced by minorities and indigenous people.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    User friendly webhub w/ authoritative information on minorities & MDGs of relevance to the EU media.


    » Maintain the website, drawing on the large pool of participants who have been trained during the course of the programme.
    » Generate material for the web-hub, including podcasts, and encourage colleagues and partner organisation representatives to do so as well.

    Success will be when the web-hub is kept constantly updated with information on minorities and MDGs of relevance to the EU media.

    Aim 2

    Journalists in EU member states report a greater awareness of minority issues in their on-going work


    » Support links between journalists and minority and indigenous activists to ensure that media take into account the views of community representatives.

    Success will be when journalists in the EU report a greater awareness of minority issues w/in the field of devt & the MDGs & increased inclusion of mininority voices in their work.

    Aim 3

    Minority organisations increase/improve their online presence, use of new media & other resources.


    » Draw attention to the needs of minorities and indigenous people by holding press conferences and launching reports and briefing papers targeting media
    » Publish the 2012 edition of our annual State of the World’s Minorities and Indigenous Peoples.
    » Disseminating information about minorities who are most at risk of violent repression or genocide.

    Success will be when staff members of minority orgs gain skills, knowledge and confidence that enables them to increase and/or improvie their access to EU based journalists/media.

  • Impact


    Indicators of success include an on-going higher attention to minority issues in the EU broadcast & print media. As well as, key development decision makers reporting greater awareness of minorities and indigenous peoples and changes to policies to ensure that their needs are being addressed.


    Risks include fieldwork and community based activities jeopardised by civil/political unrest, outbreak of disease, or major environment disaster. However, MRG has a contingency plan that would be put into place and would encompass this project.


    Reporting to donors will take place on an annual basis, in conjunction with our main donor’s reporting guidelines.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £253,815

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      Amount Heading Description
      £22,000 Web hub Staffing, external designers, webhub software, staff training for uploading
      £25,000 Film Staffing, film companies, Director, excellent relations with communities, research, cameras, editing
      £82,000 Publication Staffing, authors, peer reviewers, editing, proof reading, layout, printing, launch
      £22,000 Briefings/Campaigns Staffing, travel for research, authors, peer reviewers, editing, proof reading, layout, printing
      £102,815 Training/Conference Training/Conference

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    European Commission £761,441 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Throughout the EU but with a particular focus on 10 states: Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden & UK


    There will be a focus on targeting ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities in these 10 states and the specialist media outlets that they use. Combining the circulation of figures of the outlets running media stories generated as a result of the programme and the visits to the new webhub, we would expect to reach with our coverage 10% of the population of the ten target states or roughly 20 million people. In addition, individual journalists w/in these who broadcast in developing countries.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    There is no other NGO with MRG’s broad mandate on minority issues, nor its high reputation among minority communities, governments and UN human rights bodies. MRG has consultative status with the UN Economic & Social Council and observer status with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Furthermore, MRG and partners in Africa have slowly begun to build up experience around minority rights and development, and are trying to link their communities into national development processes

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Casa De La Cultura Indo – Afro - Americana


    Centro De Desarrollo Etnico


    Centre For Study Of Society And Secularism


    Coordinadora Nacional De Mujeres Negras Capitulo Esmeraldas CONAMUNECE - GENESIS