New Media and Civil Society Project to Build Access to Information and Strengthen Reporting

USAID Mission Director Andy Karas (right) congratulates Media and Communication Director of InterNews Wenceslaus Mushi after the launching of a civil society and media strengthening Boresha Habari project in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
USAID Mission Director Andy Karas (right) congratulates Media and Communication Director of InterNews Wenceslaus Mushi after the launching of a civil society and media strengthening Boresha Habari project in Dar es Salaam.

Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA. The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), commenced a civil society and media strengthening project Boresha Habari (“Better News”) during a launch event on Wednesday, January 17 in Dar es Salaam.  Implemented in coordination with non-profit organizations Internews and FHI 360, the Boresha Habari project will collaborate with Tanzanian partners, including: the Media Council of Tanzania, Tanzania Bora Initiative, and Jamii Media; to improve professional capacity among journalists and support an open media environment.

“The U.S. Government is committed to supporting the professionalization of the Tanzanian media and civil society – particularly empowering women and youth – to raise their voices and concerns effectively as both producers and consumers of information,” remarked USAID Mission Director Andy Karas during the event.

Executive Director of Tanzania Bora Initiative Abella Bateyunga (left) addressing participants during the launching of a civil society and media strengthening Boresha Habari project in Dar es Salaam.

Over the next five years, the Boresha Habari project aims to work with media houses and radio stations in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Iringa, Mbeya, Morogoro, Arusha, Manyara, Dodoma, Tanga, Mtwara, Mwanza, and Kigoma to improve their professional capacities.  Specifically, Boresha Habari will provide media outlets with training and technical assistance, help them adopt new digital technologies, and strengthen their management and financial viability. The project will also train civil society organizations to effectively partner with the media.

To request more information, please call the U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam Press Office at Tel: +255 22 229-4000 or email: DPO@state.gov.