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Donor Aid, Private Investment & Media Development

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Who funds media, and how do the interests of funders impact media functions? Who sets the agenda? What’s the relationship between donor aid and private investment in media development? In this peer-reviewed research article, the authors explore these questions in the context of Ghana, and beyond. Check out the abstract below, and then click through to the main article to learn more: 

Donor Aid and Private Investment: Their Interplay With Media Development

Peer-reviewed research by: Jacob Nyarko, Eric Opoku Mensah, and Basil Hamusokwe

Media development requires substantial funding, and therefore, donors, foreign governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and foundations have found a way to play an influential role through their financial support. However, it appears that the donors are also fighting a losing battle considering the rapidly changing political-economic structures of contemporary society spearheaded by the very private sector they enhanced. This study generally presents a systematic review of “foreign aid” to Africa as a base “to explore how donor funders and private investment impact media functions.” The work also sheds light on the extent to which donor support impacted the governance system within the media political economy of Africa. It establishes that donors, who are the very saviors, are also a threat to media freedom because they set the agenda for content, resulting in undue influence on the type of stories that are told. As a result, media development becomes constricted.

Click here to read the full open-access article, published in 2020 in the peer-reviewed journal SAGE Open.

Full Reference //

Nyarko, J., Mensah, E. O., & Hamusokwe, B. (2020). Donor Aid and Private Investment: Their Interplay With Media Development. SAGE Open, 10(2).

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