The Thomson Foundation’s mission is to support the development of quality journalism and accessible media to all corners of the world.
In doing this we have worked with partners that have similar aims, including international donors, governments and public bodies.
UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office is another long-term partner and funder. We have worked with the FCO over many years on projects to promote media freedom and high standards of journalism in the developing world. These include a programme to improve the skills of Sudanese journalists, which the Thomson Foundation has delivered in partnership with the British Council. The FCO also funds the Inquirer Award, which championed investigative journalism, initially in the Middle East and now in south Asia.
The €5.3m European Neighbourhood Journalism Network project, designed to create a network of journalists from countries bordering the European Union, was one of the biggest media development programmes ever carried out by the EU. Over four years, the Thomson Foundation helped bring together and train nearly 1,000 journalists from 16 countries bordering the union. The foundation's work with the EU continues on other projects, including 'Media For All - Strengthening Media Self Regulation, Media Law and Media Freedom in Kosovo'. This is an EU-funded project managed by the European Union Office in Kosovo. The project's main aim is to increase capacity and standing of the IMC, the PCK and to improve understanding and knowledge of the role of self-regulation and regulation in media by editors, journalists and the legal community through cooperation with the Kosovo Judicial Institute (KJI).
Our work with the UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF has seen us deliver communication training and journalism education in a number of different countries. Projects with the UNDP have included media- literacy training for civil society organisations, while work for UNESCO involved developing a training manual to improve reporting on sustainable development. Following the outbreak of bird 'flu in different parts of the world, we also delivered UNICEF-funded crisis communications training for government officials.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation works with partner organisations to support positive social change across the world. The Thomson Foundation implemented the Africa Means Business project with the support of the Gates Foundation which aimed to improve the flow of critical information on economic issues to both policy makers and the public. The two-year long project works via a unique collaboration between journalists and economists in Kenya and Ghana to share skills, pool knowledge and deliver more business and economics stories.