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85 percent

of the world's population has over the past five years experienced a decline in press freedom in their own country 

(Source: UNESCO Global Report 2021/2022) 

Our vision: Media for a just and peaceful future

DW Akademie Constructive Journalism Lab GKI

Photographer Gordwin Odhiambo is from Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum, and looked for images reflecting the pandemic’s impact.  He photographed a girl who, despite the curfew, was taking part in ballet classes at home over her smartphone. His photos show people who carry on despite the crisis, and whose stories offer another perspective of life with the coronavirus in Kenya. His photos make clear that to portray life’s reality, you need to do more than just focus on disasters. You need to look for solutions instead of problems, give inspiration instead of distrust and concentrate on courageous people who are taking control of their own lives. Constructive journalism provides a counterweight to negative, attention-grabbing reporting that so often prevails.

Our Work: Action with impact

Pandemic, conflict and war: Information saves lives
DW Akademie Buddy-System

Afghan refugees have been living in northern Pakistan since the 1970s, where they face restrictions and discrimination and often live in poverty. DW Akademie and the news agency Tribal News Network (TNN) worked together to train community reporters in constructive journalism to effectively report on Afghan refugees and the issues they face. They have since produced video reports on the refugees’ community, which focus on solidarity and resilience.

Our activities in Ukraine

DW Akademie has worked with local partners in Ukraine since 2014. Journalism instruction and advanced training have been at the center of our activities, as well as supporting the establishment of new editorial offices and the financial operations of media in the country. At the beginning of the Russian invasion in February 2022, we retrofitted our projects to fit the new reality on the ground. Since then, the main issues have become the security and survival of independent journalism and media houses. Alongside financial support and immediate assistance with evacuations, new competencies for media workers are also part of the work in fighting disinformation and propaganda. 

"When you are in exile, you are not in a good psychological place. Writing is somehow difficult, but I still try. If I stop writing, I stop existing."

Participant of the Space for Freedom project, a part of the Hannah Arendt Initiative, aimed at supporting and training media professionals in exile

Changing perspectives: A world in transition
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African filmmakers Akuol de Mabior (center-left), Ike Nnaebue (center-right) and their crew have a lot to celebrate. The films from Generation Africa, a project of DW Akademie and the South African organization STEPS, deal with the future of youth in Africa and the pressing issues of migration. DW Akademie works to train filmmakers from the Global South and supports them in producing internationally competitive films and series. The project makes an important contribution to freedom of expression and acts as a driver for social change and dialogue. “No U-Turn” by Nollywood director Ike Nnaebue received a special mention at the 2022 Berlinale. 

Migration and the media

DW Akademie works to ensure that refugees and migrants can exercise their right to access information and freedom of expression while promoting dialogue with host societies. In Bangladesh, for example, we have been supporting Rohingya refugees and locals through our partner organization since 2018. Working together, they produce a weekly radio show that focuses on how to better cope with the problems of everyday life. In Latin America and the Caribbean, we promote reporting on the challenges migrants face along dangerous routes to the US. 


people participated in media training sessions held in 2022 


Informed and competent: Youth and media
DW Akademie Jhordy Vargas Nogales im Studio von Radio Escuela/Bolivien

Jhordy Vargas Nogales is a minor celebrity in his village of Colomi, Bolivia. Even as a 12-year-old, he hosts Radio Escuela, Spanish for "school radio", an educational program run by DW Akademie and the Bolivian radio network CEPRA. Around 20 local radio stations broadcast Radio Escuela's more than 100 educational programs, reaching over 25,000 students in rural areas. This enabled students to continue to learn from home even during the pandemic. CEPRA also developed work materials on how to approach media critically and distributed them as brochures, worksheets and games. Through Radio Escuela, students learn to assess and question information. 

"Radio Escuela": School goes on in times of pandemic

In Bolivia’s central highlands, children have been able to continue learning during the pandemic with a radio program.

Navigating the media: Competence as a compass

Media and information literacy (MIL) is the ability to access, analyze and critically reflect on media, as well as to create media content oneself. It is a prerequisite for citizens to exercise their rights to freedom of expression and access to information. Our innovative projects promote these rights and empower people to understand and use media responsibly. 

58 percent

of DW Learn German users are between the ages of 21 and 35 (as of Dec. 2022) 

Empowering media makers
DW Akademie | Desinformation und Faktenüberprüfung in Armenien

The Armenian word “hetq” means “to trace,” and that’s exactly what the journalists at the online news site Hetq do. With their fact-checks, they examine news reports and government public statements, for example. Hetq is one of 10 independent media outlets in Armenia that has worked with DW Akademie since 2021. DW Akademie provides grants for fact-checking efforts and supports media with equipment, as well as with media metrics and audience engagement analysis.

Journalism: Credible quality

DW Akademie supports media professionals in shaping the future of journalism with training and continuing education programs. We support schools for journalists because they play a leading role in the further development of the sector. They are drivers of innovation for journalism whose work benefits both the public and media companies.

Our numbers: We set the standards

DW Akademie | Medienentwicklung Georgien

Close cooperation with local partner organizations in 72 developing and emerging countries is our strong suit. To enable us to work even better together, we are continuously opening or expanding DW Akademie's country and regional offices. For example, a new DW Akademie office was opened in Burkina Faso in 2022 and one in Mexico in 2023. Our 16 field offices complement our ten DW Akademie offices to form a global network of media development experts. Our decentralized organizational structure guarantees that we are where we are most needed.


emerging economies and developing countries where we have projects (as of December 2022)


DW Akademie projects in 2022


people around the world whom we employ on a full or part-time basis (as of December 2022)  


partner organizations around the world with which we work closely 

45.8 million euros

in project funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Federal Foreign Office, the European Union and other donors (Budget 2022)  

3.7 million euros

in funding from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, for work we do on behalf of Deutsche Welle (Budget 2022)