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Financing Media Houses in Africa
Bettina Peters is the director of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD), a membership network launched in 2008 of media assistance organisations from around the globe. At the GFMD Bettina leads the organisation’s activities and coordinates the GFMD’s efforts to promote recognition of the key role media play in strengthening democratic development. Before joining GFMD in July 2007, Bettina worked as the Director of programmes at the European Journalism Centre, where she was in charge of EJC’s programme of media support and journalism training.
From 1990 until 2002 Bettina worked at the International Federation of Journalists, where she set up the IFJ’s Project Division. She was responsible for the IFJ’s global programme on media development and capacity-building for journalists’ organisations, in particular in Africa and Eurasia. She holds a Masters Degree in political science and journalism from the University of Hamburg and has edited a range of publications, including the GFMD’s Media Matters 2009-2011, the EJC handbook on Civic Journalism and the IFJ handbook on Human Rights Reporting in Africa. Born in Hamburg, Germany, Bettina now lives with her partner in Belgium.