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Social media is revolutionising global communications, bringing people closer to each other and increasing pressure for good governance, democracy and the rule of law. As seen in North Africa and the Middle East, social media allows people to communicate outside the filter of political censorship, empowering citizens to take their case to a global audience.With social media emerging as a strong tool for achieving growth and development, the time is ripe for the international development community, including the European Union, to redefine its media development strategies. How can media development practitioners, donors and developing countries forge a dialogue on media development to bolster democracy and good governance? Can development assistance be made more effective in supporting the role of media in promoting democracy and good governance?

Gabriel Accascina, Director of the Knowledge Management Group at the UNDP
Moeed Ahmad, Head of New Media at Al Jazeera
Kamel Jendoubi, President of the Independent Electoral Commission, Tunisia
Amadou Maktar Ba, Chief Executive of the African Media Initiative (AMI)
Klaus Rudischhauser,Director at the European Commission Directorate General for Development Cooperation
Mark Wilson, Executive Director of PANOS, United Kingdom

Conclusions by Bettina Peters, Director, GFMD

Moderated by Shada Islam, Head of the Development Policy Forum at Friends of Europe andPatrick Leusch, Head of Project Development at DW-Akademie

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