The U.S. Government, through the United StatesAgency for International Development, or USAID,launched a civil society and media strengtheningproject in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in mid-January.It is called Boresha Habari, or “Better News”.
Implemented in coordination with non-profitorganizations Internews and FHI 360, the BoreshaHabari project will collaborate with Tanzanian partners, including: the Media Council of Tanzania,Tanzania Bora Initiative, and Jamii Media; to improve professional capacity among journalistsand support an open media environment.
Over the next five years, the Boresha Habari project aims to work with media houses and radiostations 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 financialviability. The project will also train civil society organizations to effectively partner with themedia.
The U.S. Government is committed to supporting the professionalization of the Tanzanianmedia and civil society – particularly empowering women and youth – to raise their voices andconcerns effectively as both producers and consumers of information, remarked USAIDMission Director Andy Karas during the launch event.
The United States is proud to work with its partner Tanzania to help build a strong andvibrant civil society supported by a free and independent media.