FoME Symposium 2015 - Documentation

The FoME symposium was held on October 1 and 2 2015 in Bonn, Germany and hosted by DW Akademie. This is the online documentation, directed to participants and non-participants alike. You will find presentations, picture galleries, videos and audio files of the intense discussions that took place. You may start with a “guided tour” through the documentation by clicking on the Prezi below or scroll down to the table of Content.

Table of content

Welcome Address

Christoph Dietz, Coordinator of FoME, opened the symposium with introductory remarks.


Key Note

Ben Ramalingam’s presentation argued perceptions of the problems aid seeks are simplistic and linear whereas in reality, the problems are complex and require creative context specific solutions.


Panel Discussion

Brought together an excellent mix of policy makers, practitioners, evaluators and development expert to deliberate on how to design projects with better quality and to improve sustatainability.



Workshops were organized by FoME members along three thematic strands namely: developing and designing media development projects; running them sustainably and measuring their impact and quality.


Knowledge Café

This interactive networking session discussed the dos and don‘ts of managing a project and provided the space to get in touch with a couple of interesting institutions and projects.


Digital Dimension

How can media development make the most of digital technology in improving organizational and management processes and the opportunities it carries in creating digital collaborative projects.


Final Plenary

At the end of two days of intensive discussion, the team of reporters and the cartoonist sum up. Among the lessons learned: Go bottom up, and not top down.



The FoME Symposium documentation team produced ten videos. Watch the Key Note, revive the Lego Workshop, stroll through the Knowlegde Café or let the participants have their say.



The documentation team carried out interviews with media experts to get more insights on various topics covered. Delve deeper into the issues by following the link.



The documentation team has put together a list of publications to shed more light on presentations made by the participants.



Check out the Twitter conversations on the symposium in our Storify.

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The FoME Symposium has been evaluated. Download the pdf report or surf to the interactive website and read the participant’s stories.



FoME wrap-up: Cooking up a storm in media development

At the 2015 FoME symposium, DW Akademie’s head of Strategy and Consulting Services Petra Berner came away with some important lessons that media development can learn from the art of cooking. (read more…)

Forum Media and Development: Initiating change

How effective is media development? Renowned media experts and researchers gathered at a recent symposium to tackle just that question, taking a critical look at their own work and discussing new approaches. (read more…)


The FoME 2015 Documentation Team: Dr. Jörn Fischer, Joan Okitoi,
Julien Karl (Videos)