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About the Community Media Network of Tanzania

On this page you will find information that has been compiled about the capacity development programmes for Community Media in Tanzania. The information has been compiled on behalf of the Community Media Network of Tanzania. This is a network for those interested with community-based information, dissemination, and communication initiatives such as community multimedia centres, community radios, rural press and telecentres in Tanzania.

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http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tzcommunitymedia/

Vision

A Tanzanian society in which all citizens have equal access to information and knowledge as a means towards sustainable development.

Mission

To strengthen the coordination, collaboration and networking of diverse Tanzanian community media organizations with other stakeholders, to influence policy and promote best practices and freedom of expression in and through Tanzania’s media.

Objectives of the Network

  • Maintain best practices in high quality, relevant and appropriate community-oriented programme delivery.
  • Foster the capacity building of community media for the development of the communities served.
  • Provide a platform for networking between community media, with other media stakeholders, and the general public.
  • To mobilize resources for the development of community media in the country.
  • Contribute to “mutual learning” between community media practitioners and organizations.
  • Represent the views of community media in national and international dialogue opportunities. These dialogue opportunities include those that will lead to the appropriate positioning of community media in media policy design as well as the broader legal and legislative framework.
  • Maintain best practice in media governance and contribute to the overall credibility of community media.
  • Ensure that community media stays relatively independent of local political, commercial and economic powers, allowing the “dignity and freedom of speech necessary for free community media”.

Principles guiding network members

This principles were agreed by the network members during the workshop that was held in Sengerema from 25-29 May 2009 in Sengerema.

  • Involve the community in decision making processes to the extent possible from the very beginning of project inception.
  • Ensure that boards and/or committees represent the demographic make up and key constituents of the community, whilst ensuring gender balance.
  • Do not discriminate against community members in the provision of opportunities on the basis of sex, cultural, political or socio-economic background.
  • Base operations in the communities served, and ensure they are conducted by community media practitioners who are knowledgeable of their respective community.
  • Serve as a catalyst for participatory development and decision making.
  • Place priority on developing and promoting activities and programming of high quality, relevance and with locally generated content, which reflect the interests of the served community.
  • Ensure objective and well-balanced programming /activities such that they shall in no way give advantage or disadvantage to a political party or candidate, political platform or particular groupings of society.
  • Give communities an important role of determining the quantity, quality and relevance of the content generated by community media.
  • Ensure financial sustainability that will not compromise any of the other principles.
  • Encourage fundraising from the public, private and CSO sector, development partners and individuals to community media, provided it is not tied to any conditionalities.

Events

  • UNESCO/SIDA Workshop on humanitarian& disaster relief, tbd March 2014, in Bagamoyo.
  • UNESCO/Zanzibar Broadcasting Commission Technical surveys for the new community radio for Southern Pemba, March 2014, in Pemba.
  • UNESCO/SIDA Workshop for community radio Monitoring & Evaluation experts, 24-26 February 2014, in Pangani, Tanga.
  • DEP Workshop on conflict sensitive reporting (team 1&2), 17-21 February 2014, in Dodoma.
  • DEP Workshop on ethics and Gender (Team 1&2), 10-14 February 2014, in Dodoma.
  • Workshop on planning and financial management, 02-7 February 2014, in Micheweni, Pemba.
  • Workshop on use of mobiles by correspondents, 27-31 February 2014, in Pambazuko Radio, Ifakara.
  • Launch of Fadeco FM Radio/Airtel partnership to enhance coverage of listenership, 19 July 2013, in Kayanza, Karagwe.
  • UNESCO & SIDA Workshop on entrepreneurship and income generation 12-13 July 2013, Kayanza, Karagwe.
  • National Forum of all sponsored radios on ICTs and sustainability, 17-18 July 2013.
  • Regional conference on World Press Freedom Day in Arusha 02-04 May 2013.
  • Follow up workshop on HIV/AIDS Youth Radio Reporting project for East Africa Community Media Network was conducted on 01-02 May 2013 at Terrat ORS FM, Simanjiro.
  • UNESCO & SIDA Workshop on entrepreneurship and income generation 14-21 February 2013, Dar es Salaam.
  • UNESCO & SIDA Workshop on Editorial, Programming, Monitoring matters, Radio Formats & gender focusm 03-07 Dec 2012, Kahama.
  • EACOMNET/UNESCO: East Africa Community Network HIV/AIDS YOUTH RADIO REPORTING PROJECT – training 20 community media practitioners from East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda)on HIV/AIDS reporting, conducted in Sengerema, Mwanza from 29 October-03 November 2012.
  • UNESCO & SIDA Workshop on Editorial, Programming, Monitoring matters, Radio Formats & gender focusm 17-22 Nov 2012, Makunduchi-Unguja.
  • UNESCO & SIDA Workshop on Editorial, Programming, Monitoring matters, Radio Formats & gender focus 22-27 October 2012, Micheweni, Pemba.
  • UNESCO & SIDA Workshop on news desk work with correspondents networks including ICTs: Dates 15-19 October 2012, Micheweni, Pemba.
  • UNESCO & SIDA Workshop on news desk work with correspondents networks including ICTs: 17-21 Sept 2012, Karagwe.
  • UNESCO & SIDA Workshop on the role of correspondents to feed local news and collect testimonies: Dates 03-07 September 2012, Simanjiro, Arusha.
  • UNESCO & SIDA Workshop on the role of correspondents to feed local news and collect testimonies: Dates 19-24 August 2012, Kyela, Mbeya.
  • Programme Production Training for the New Community Radio for Maasai Pastoralists in Ngorongoro District: Dates 08-13 July 2012, Ololosokwan Village, Loliondo.
  • Capacity Building for Community Media Professionals in Gender Responsive Reporting, Held at Kyela FM RADIO-Mbeya, 11-16 JUNE 2012, to build the capacity of managers from community media on ethics and gender responsive reporting in the media; soliciting inputs/recommendations for Media Services Bill 2008; and approving the use of the new gender Policy for Community Media in Tanzania.File:Kyela 2012 workshop.pdf
  • UN Women, UNESCO, and UNDP, Monitoring and Evaluation of Election Support Project, 2010. The project included:
  • Voters Education focusing on Women, Youth, and the disabled, through Radio in twelve districts
  • Distribution of 1,500 solar/wind radios to women economically challenged women
  • Hands on training on modern news gathering methods and basic journalism training to women facilitators in rural Tanzania
  • Training for community radios on Constitutional changes, good governance anti corruption, HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence

UN Women conducted three (3) separate training for community media in Tanzania. The objective of the training was to raise awareness on constitutional changes, good governance, anti corruption, HIV/AIDS and Gender Based Violence through community radio as a long term strategy that encourages the participation of women in democratic discourse.

Training One: Venue Micheweni, Pemba: participating community radios were: Micheweni, Makunduchi, Zenj FM, Mtwara, Masasi, Kyela, Makete, Nuru, Kitulo, Kilosa, Pemba Press Club and Uzikwaza. Dates for MIcheweni were 20 - 24 June 2011.

Training two: Venue Arusha: Dates: 27 June - 1 July 2011.

Training three: Venue Sengerema: 3-8th July 2011. participating community radios were: Sengerema, Fadeco, Orkonorei, Loliondo, Kwizera, Sibuka, Sikika, Kwanza Jamii, GRAFCA, Kahama and Ruvuma Press Club. 21-25 June 2011. Participation of women was highly recommended.
For more information contact: mailto:rohamu2004@yahoo.co.uk or mailto:salome.anyoti@undp.org


In collaboration with the Community Media Network in Tanzania, UNESCO Dar es Salaam office, the Commomwealth of Learning and MISATAN supported a training for Community Media Practitioners in Tanzania.

The workshop focused on Organisational Development and Education. The workshop was held at the Sengerema Telecentre from 25th to 29th May 2009.

Photo Gallery

Launch of Kyela (FM) District Community Radio, 27/09/2010

Launch of Micheweni Community Radio in Pemba Island, Zanzibar, 11/01/2010

Organisational Management Workshop, 25 to 30 May 2009

Workshop Resources

Inventory of Community Media in Tanzania

Other community-based media, invited to COMNETA activities as observers

Contact Info

Joseph Sekiku (Chairperson)
FADECO Community Radio 100.8 FM
P. O. Box 223 Karagwe - Kagera
Tanzania
+255 (754) 605682
mailto:fadeco@satconet.org
http://www.fadeco.org

Mr. Felicien Ncheye (Deputy Chairperson)
Sengerema Community Multimedia Centre (98.8FM)
P. O. Box 399 Sengerema-Mwanza
Tanzania
+255784799630
mailto:ncheye@gmail.com
http://www.sengerema.or.tz


Ms. Rose Haji
Technical Expert: Community Media
UNESCO Dar es Salaam
Tanzania
mailto:rohamu2004@yahoo.co.uk

Al-Amin Yusuph
Adviser for Communication and Information
UNESCO Dar es Salaam
Tanzania
a dot yusuph at unesco dot org mailto:a.yusuph@unesco.org

Courtney Price Ivins
Communication and Information Project Officer
UNESCO Dar es Salaam
Tanzania
c dot ivins at unesco dot org mailto:c.ivins@unesco.org

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