Bent Noerby Bonde
Bent Noerby Bonde
Last update: Apr 22, 2024
Bent Noerby Bonde
Last update: Apr 22, 2024
Danish, English, French, German, Swedish
Highest Degree:
43 years
Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dem. Rep. Congo, Denmark, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Madagascar, Montenegro, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Norway, Pakistan, Palestine / West Bank & Gaza, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, UK, USA, Vanuatu
Monitoring & Evaluation, Security, Conflict, Democratization, Media and Communications
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Dr. Bent Nørby Bonde is an experienced executive manager and team leader. He has extensive and high level international experience from assessment, design, negotiation, management and implementation of democratic media policy strategies, media reforms and media institution building and has assessed and overseen trainng of almost 4000 journalists and editors from public service and private media across more than 65 countries in Eastern Europe, Balkans, MENA, Africa and Asia. 

He has particular deep experience from countries in accession to the EU and in EU Southern neighbourhood countries. He has also researched and worked with media and communication, dialogues and negotiations as part of peace building and conflict prevention and to engage citizens in democratic societies. He has at EU-level worked extensively with citizens' engagement through deliberative and participatory processes.  

Dr. Bent Nørby Bonde has 37 years of executive management experience from Europe’s People’s Forum organising 35 professional and 50 civil society organisations designing and implementing participatory democracy, the Baltic Media Centre Foundation supporting media for peace and democracy and employing 70 persons across 23 countries, the public service TV2 Bornholm – employing 35 persons, as well as the private communication, production and consultancy companies TV-Gruppen Aps, Media Progress Aps and African-Communication SARL working across all seven continents.

His PhD is titled Media and Communication in Conflict Prevention and Peace-Building - Exploring strategies for International and UN-led Conflict Transformation and among other books and publications he has published within this theme.


"The Future of Europe", pp. 17 - 23, Joint Citizen Forces - Common European Futures, Slovenian Paneuropean Movement, 2019

This "Overview of the Ethiopian Media Landscape 2018" has been produced for the website of Media Progress. It is structured along UNESCO's Media Development Indicators. Each section describes and analyses a specific indicator.

The "State of Media Freedom in Rwanda" was prepared by Media Progress for the Rwanda Media Commission and funded by UN and UNDP. The Study from 2015 is structured on the UNESCO Media Development Indicators.

"Elections of Board and the GD of the public broadcasters in Western Balkans. Elections to the Regulatory Bodies in Western Balkans, 2016".
Useful recommendations for governance models of regulatory bodies and public service media including Chart of requirements and procedures for elections and appointments in Albania, BiH, FYROM, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia.

"Streamlining of Media as a CFSP Instrument", pp. 195-200, From Early Warning to Early Action?, European Commission, External Relations, Brussels, 2008.
The European Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy provides the European Commission with all necessary instruments to deal with civilian prevention of conflicts and support to peace building. Media is an important tool to achieve democracy, build peace and prevent conflicts, and should be integrated in EU rapid response and medium term support interventions. 

"Media in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Strategies" - by Shira Loewenberg, Bent Nørby Bonde, (eds.) 2007.
Introduction to media in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, Toolbox for Media in Peacebuilding and Conflict Prevention, Toolbox Case Studies, Rapid Impact and Popular Involvement. Preface and forewords by the Special Representative of EU, Javier Solana, and DG RELEX commissioner Benita Ferrero Waldner.

"Notes on Media and the Nigerian conflicts"
State or private media in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Yugoslavia voluntarily or under pressure increased moral panic by suppressing the ‘others'. In these countries media legislation severely restricted the freedom of expression as the conflict escalated.

"Note on Mass Media and Journalism on the Edge in Violent Conflicts – Rwanda, U.S.A and Kosovo"
The March 2004 violence in Kosovo, the verdicts in April 2004 against media leaders in Rwanda, and the coverage of the war in Iraq by American mainstream media illustrate the dilemma of focusing on editorial independence or on media's social responsibility. The article calls for an emphasis on the normative choices inherent in media independence and social responsibility with regard to violent conflicts, and suggests that journalism should be based on diversity and impartiality.

"UN-led Strategies for Media and Communications in Conflict Prevention and Peace Building" DIIS Brief, July 2006, 9 p.
The brief suggests the establishment of a rapid deployment facility bridging crisis-, mid- and long-term media and communication strategies.

PhD-dissertation "Media and Communication in Conflict Prevention and Peace-Building - Exploring Strategies for International and UN-led Conflict Transformation", 2005
Based on conflict resolution, communication and social psychology theories, the dissertation argues for that media and communication should be integrated in peace-building and conflict transformation processes. Case studies of media-escalated conflicts and moral panic in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, phases of intervention and choice of appropriate media intervention tools, models for media content design, rapid reactions with long term perspectives.

"How 12 Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed were Brought to Trigger an International Conflict", Nordicom Review 28 (2007) 1, pp. 33-48
Analysis of why Danish domestic anti-Muslim rhetoric made Imams from the Danish Muslim communities choose a policy of conflict escalation and how the government contributed to conflict escalation by framing the conflict as a challenge to freedom of expression. The article suggests lessons learnt in order to prevent similar crises elsewhere in Europe.

"Carthage was indeed destroyed: ­ An introduction to the excavations of the Punic capital Cartago"
Overview of the history of excavations in Carthage, Tunisia emphasising the connection between political considerations and archaeological methodological priorities. A useful introduction to archaeological studies of the Punic empire. Postgraduate paper in Classical Mediterranean Studies.