Media regulation in a democratic framework, Africa


Part 1: 9-27 September, 2019
Part 2: 2 weeks in January/February, 2020 Location

Part 1: Kalmar, Sweden
Part 2: To be decided Number of participants: 25


Across the globe, recent political, technological and economic changes have placed new strains on media freedom. As a result, there is an urgent need to find new ways to reform media policy and to regulate the media sector. This ITP will contribute to the development of self-regulatory frameworks for the media sector, strengthening the institutional and organisational capacities among relevant media sector stakeholders and contributing to national reform and change processes.

Media has the ability to enable fuller participation in public life, hold the powerful to account, serve as platforms for dialogue and protect the rights of individuals. But if media is supposed to fulfill its potential role, updated self-regulatory frameworks need to be in place, adapted to the new media landscape.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has commissioned NIRAS Sweden AB to organise this ITP in cooperation with International Media Support (IMS), FOJO Media Institute/Linnaeus University and Global Reporting Sweden AB.

Participants can be nominated by government, media and civil society organisations. Reaching out to a critical mass of stakeholders in each country will be particularly important for institutional change and thus long-term impact.

Five programmes have been initiated so far, with one launched in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe in 2018 and one starting from 2019; two in Latin America (Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala) starting from 2019; and one in Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar) starting in 2019.

We trust that you will find the programme interesting and hereby invite you to nominate candidates.


The overall objective of this programme is that the participants and their organisations should contribute to the promotion and protection of the institutional frameworks which govern self-regulation of the media sector.

Target Group

Invited countries are:

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

The programme targets individuals that in different ways can promote standards of self-regulation of the media sector in the respective countries. The programme management will identify strategically important participants from the media sector, such as media councils, judicial institutions, independent freedom of speech organisations, policy institutions, relevant ministries, parliamentary committees and independent media outlets.

Despite the focus on individuals, the programme is primarily targeting organisations and efforts will be made to establish long-term relationships with the key organisations involved. Such collaborative organisations should be willing to commit themselves to participation over several years and be ready to cooperate with other organisations in the programme, even though they may have different opinions on self-regulatory frameworks. Capacity and interest to drive change processes to achieve long-term goals is a prerequisite to become a collaborative organisation.

Applicants to the programme should:

  • hold a key position in their organisation, with influence on a strategic level
  • have the engagement and power to initiate and drive change processes
  • have high proficiency in English
  • hold a relevant academic degree
  • be available and motivated for active participation through the whole training programme

We strive to obtain a gender balance in the programme, organisations are strongly recommended to nominate female candidates.



This programme is more than a training of individuals. It is a full-scale capacity building programme aiming at actual change towards a more effective and sustainable planning of self-regulation of the media.

At the start of the programme each participant will, in close cooperation with colleagues and supervisors, identify a change idea that can contribute to the achievement of both the programme objective and the organisation's own strategies  and long-term goals, as well as transformation process on national level. Based on this idea, a Transformation Project will evolve as the participants are provided with new knowledge, networks and experiences during the course of the process.

The participants work together in country teams, supported by a national facilitator in each country, assisted by international experts (thematic mentors). This support will be continuous throughout the five phases of the programme.