The role of media and journalism is not confined to news organizations, broadcasting companies or governments—within Africa, a large and growing community media sector is linked to enterprises, civil society, educational institutions and non-governmental organizations (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 has been appointed as the grants administrator for the CMF in Senegal, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, 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 organizations. The CMF will also help to develop opportunities and channels for NGOs and CSOs 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.


Senegal, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa


2022 – 2025