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The role of media and journalism is not confined to news organisations, broadcasting companies or governments—within Africa, a large and growing community media sector is linked to enterprises, civil society, educational institutions and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that focus on issues of transparency, accountability and governance.

The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) and the Ford Foundation have partnered to establish a Community Media Fund (CMF) to improve citizens’ access to relevant information that enables the public to support policies and practices that drive inclusive economic and human development locally, regionally and nationally. Hivos  East Africa has been appointed as the grants administrator for the CMF in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

The purpose of the CMF is to elevate voices from marginalized communities through the development and advancement of citizen and community reporting on financial and economic issues. The CMF seeks to enhance the financial literacy of citizens, improve their access to relevant data, strengthen the capacity of community media, and further governance and public and private accountability through improved analysis and reporting. The CMF aims to build capacity and seed innovative projects to take programs to scale, ultimately strengthening community media and relevant civil society organisations. The CMF will also help to develop opportunities and channels for non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations to collaborate and help journalists better understand issues and cover their communities.

About Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA)

In February 2014, Michael R. Bloomberg announced the launched of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, a pan-African program to provide cross disciplinary education programs to strengthen business and economic journalism, convene African and international leaders to examine worldwide best practices in business journalism and the media sector, and improve access to economic data in Africa to accelerate development of a globally competitive media and financial reporting industry in order to increase transparency, good governance, investment and economic growth on the continent.

About Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation is an independent, non-profit grant-making organisation. For over 75 years, it has worked with courageous people on the front lines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

About Hivos East Africa

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.