We were at the warm heart of Africa (Malawi), Blantyre city for four days (Tuesday 24 to Friday 28 September 2018) for a capacity building initiative. The Department of Journalism and Media Studies at The Polytechnic
, University of Malawi in collaboration with the Association of Business Journalists in Malawi partnered with AFRODAD to implement a strategic invention to build capacity of business journalists in Malawi not only on mining governance issues but also on other mechanisms of financing for development namely the Aid system and PPPs. The workshop took place in Blantyre given that most media houses in Malawi have their headquarters (or main newsrooms) in Blantyre.
The major goal of this initiative was to create a pool of media practitioners conversant with mining governance issues, IFFs, debt and international public finance to ensure that they would be reporting in a knowledgeable, responsible and professional manner. The media plays a critical role in awareness raising and the creation and shaping of public opinion on development initiatives in the region. Under many government programs, the capacity building of the media is neglected and this training sought to bridge/ close this gap among business journalists given that natural resource governance and financing for development instruments are critical to Malawi’s development. More than 30 Malawian journalists have been equipped with crucial knowledge needed to effectively engage, and contribute to the effective mobilization of domestic and external resources in Malawi.
More information is on http://afrodad.org/index.php/initiative/afrodad-media-initiative-afromedi