Le Monde



Le Monde is a French daily newspaper founded by Hubert Beuve-Méry and continuously published in Paris since 1944. It is one of the most important and widely respected newspapers in the world. It reports an average circulation of 323,039 copies per issue in 2009, about 40,000 of which are sold abroad and it has been available on the Internet since 1995. Since its start, Le Monde has covered national and world news in depth and analysed it closely. Its writers have the freedom to present their own views, with the result that Le Monde reveals no unified policies or consistent ideological outlook. Its independence, which never wavered from its founding, despite early and grave financial worries, has brought it denunciation at one time or another from every part of the French political spectrum.

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Funded projects

For the love of land

This project portrays how women are able to smartly subvert the norms that traditionally oppressed them to fight for their own advancement and economic independence. From asserting land ownership to rejecting domestic violence.

The Axis of Survival - Reviving the Lake Chad Basin

Following food production and trade routes at Lake Chad, this project shows the efforts made by local people to resume trading in fish, cattle and grain, as a way of measuring potential for self-sustaining development.

Small is Powerful

Small is Powerful (Les Grands Moyens in French) reveals the underrated impact of local Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on Africa's development, showing that Africa is not only about microcredit and multinationals

Green Energy for the Giant of Africa

Green Energy for the Giant of Africa is a multimedia project on Nigeria's energy crisis and the role of renewable technologies to improve people's lives.


Nearly 34,000 major environmental crimes were detected worldwide in 2011. Five reporters set off to investigate five criminal networks of so-called "eco-mafias", which deliberately destruct the natural environment for personal profit.