Global agenda

IMS works across a range of issues that heavily influence the local contexts in which we work.

Conflict and instability promote a vicious cycle of poverty, corruption, radicalisation and mass migration. These are all topics relevant to the communities and countries in which IMS works and we therefore address these topics within and across our media development programmes.
Conflict and instability also contributes to maintaining a glaring lack of parity in the way men and women, as well as ethnic and religious minorities, participate in and are portrayed by media. IMS has a strong focus on gender balance throughout our work and within the organisation.

Sustainable Development Goals

“Access to information and the protection of fundamental freedoms”, known as Goal 16.10, is a part of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the UN and the world’s nations in 2015 – goals to end global poverty. Independent media and access to reliable information is essential to the realisation of the goals. The public needs access to information to hold their government accountable to commitments on improving education, health, gender equality and so forth. To this end, good journalism delivers the critical and accurate information that the public needs for this to hold their governments accountable.

Emergency assistance

IMS’ rapid response mechanism provides urgent support to local media caught in emergencies

Our rapid response mechanism helps journalists to operate safely while producing reliable, conflict-sensitive information for the public, which can be of vital importance during conflict or other challenging situations. Some initiatives are of a preventive nature while others seek to assist media affected by sudden changes (positive or negative) where they work. This could be a closing space for press freedom, unexpected political tensions, the end of a repressive regime or a peace agreement promising change.

The mechanism is global and flexible. Interventions are context-specific, targeted, and limited in scope as well as duration. Our focus is to address the needs of media actors working for positive change in a difficult situation.

Recent interventions include Cambodia, Indonesia, Mali, Myanmar, Turkey and Venezuela.



Andreas Sugar
Andreas Sugar

Head of IMS Rapid Response, IMS

Phone: (+45) 5210 7804

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Gender equality

Working for equal rights and equal representation in media production and content is a cornerstone in IMS' work.

We are convinced that media cannot be professional unless both men and women and people from disadvantaged groups participate and are represented in media production and that media content is free from stereotypical and degrading content. Our vision is that everyone, irrespective of a person’s gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, disability or socio-economic status, can enjoy his/her right to freedom of expression and participate in the public debate.

IMS works throughout its programmes on improving the working conditions of women journalists through research, harassment and discrimination policies for media houses and capacity building of syndicates and unions, strengthening women in the media through women journalists’ associations, mentorship and training programmes, safety of women media workers and gender equality in media content through ethical guidelines, editorial guidelines, self-regulatory mechanism, training in gender sensitive journalism and media monitoring etc.


Malin Palm
Malin Palm

Gender Adviser, IMS

Media & migration

IMS works with media in countries where migration is prominent to provide migrants with a voice.

Media stories on migration are often neglected or one-sided, focusing on the sensational or negative aspects of migration or presenting only the governmental line on refugees and migrants. Rarely migrants’ voices are included in the stories. IMS builds capacity at local media in reporting on migration issues and by strengthening networking between journalists working in this field. Thereby, we aim at securing a better and more accurately informed general public and decision makers on the issues of migration.



Finn Rasmussen
Finn Rasmussen

Head of department, IMS

Phone: DK: +4525543539

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