The project is supported by USAID, a global international development agency and catalytic actor driving development results.
BoreshaHabari is a five-year (2017-2022) project meant to improve the quality of the content of programmes aired by community radio stations in different parts of Tanzania.
The assistance comes at a time when Internews and USAID findings have proved that community radio stations are key players in fostering communal developments through their people-centred news and other programmes.
Long-serving media practitioner Wenceslaus Mushi, Director of Media and Communications at Internews Tanzania, said: “In line with the assistance extended today to the community radios, we have held a three days of training sessions for journalists representing the respective media outlets.”
“We have trained them on issues related to the improvement of news quality and content and how to capitalise on opportunities leading to enhanced capacity by the outlets to raise money for their operations,” he added.
He said the devices include 79 computer sets, studio equipment and supplies for recording, editing and storing news materials, cameras and mobile phones for collecting, preparing and storing programmes.
The outlets that have benefited from the support are Radio Fadhila (Mtwara), Rasi FM (Dodoma), Arusha One FM (Arusha), Chuchu FM (Zanzibar), Mkoani Community Radio (Pemba), Ice FM Radio (Njombe), Voice of Africa (Tanga) and Mbeya Highlands FM (Mbeya).
The others are Mwambao FM (Tanga), Uvinza FM (Kigoma), Chai FM (Mbeya), Uplands FM Radio (Njombe), Country FM (Iringa), Lake FM (Mwanza), Sunrise FM (Arusha), Hits FM (Zanzibar) and Safari FM (Mtwara).
USAID mission director Andy Karas said at the handover event that the United States Embassy was in full support of the initiatives media stakeholders in Tanzania devise and implement towards enhancing press freedom.
He expressed hope that the assistance would help improve the quality of the news and other programmes of the beneficiaries.
“Community radio stations badly need to be empowered financially as well as through training and technological support. By so doing, they will have greater capacity to serve the nation more knowledgeable and responsibly,” noted the director.