No News Is Bad News: Zimbabwe

IATI Identifier: NL-KVK-52957535-4-ZW-SP
Published in IATI IATI
  • date_range Jan 01, 2016 - Dec 31, 2020
  • autorenew Implementation (Status)

The present situation is Zimbabwe is rather grim. The last elections in 2014 seem to have wiped away the opposition from the political arena entirely. Following the last electoral victory the economy has come to an almost standstill, due to which poverty has risen and unemployment skyrocketed affecting all sectors, including the media where even the state media has had to retrench large number of people. Zimbabwe's media landscape and sector is highly polarised. The print media sector is the most developed yet very small, with few independent players who have difficulty reaching readers outside of the 2 main cities (Harare and Bulawayo). Its radio and television sector is predominantly state owned despite some newcomers in the radio sector. Yet the latter are mostly owned by either other state companies or companies close to the state. Due to this situation, there are no true independent local and licensed radio or TV stations. Journalism education is of poor quality and lacks necessary equipment due to which graduates lack both theoretical as well as practical knowledge. It is very common for a TV journalism graduate not to have used a camera during his/her study. However, with internet spreading, mainly through mobile telephony, new opportunities for improving quality of journalism as well increasing and strengthening freedom of expression have arised. Free Press Unlimited wants to strengthen these developments, in partnership with Mobile Community Zimbabwe (MCZ). MCZ engages with local NGO's through a variety of boundary partners ranging from local media freedom and other ngo's, local media (licensed and unlicensed, independent and state) and journalism faculties and other local training institutes. To train it uses mobile telephones and Storymaker, it showcases content produced by its trainees through a website, which at the same time offers a simulation for journalism students and citizen reporters what it is like to work for a media outlet. More over, it shows the situation in the country, raises awareness about what goes on in the country and therefore has a direct engagement with advocacy activities. Since it partners with local ngo's, the website provides an advocacy and lobby platform to them, as they are able to show what their work is about. Working with local tertiary journalism institution has enabled direct change within what are commonly perceived very anti-reform institutions closely aligned with the state. Exposing lecturers and subsequently their students to new ways of conducting journalism, has led to the adoption of MCZ's curriculum by 2 tertiary institutions so far, which could be considered a form of indirect lobby that has led to change and improvement of journalism curricula. So far a lot of effort has been made to convince local organisations and participants that the project is not political and does not aim to change the regime, which was the initial perception of the project when it was piloted in 2013. Increasing efforts in the field of advocacy and lobby in a highly polarised country like Zimbabwe can be easily perceived to be political or anti-regime. Something to be wary of, as it might unnecessarily jeopardise the project and the people associated with it.

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Sectors:
  • Free flow of information error
    Sector code:
    15163 - Free flow of information
    Sector vocabulary:
    1 - OECD DAC CRS Purpose Codes (5 digit)

Participating Organisations

Organisation Name Organisation Type Organisation Role
Free Press Unlimited International NGO Funding
Free Press Unlimited International NGO Accountable
Mobile Community Zimbabwe (MCZ) National NGO Implementing

Transaction

Transaction Value Provider Receiver Type Date
120,166 EUR (Valued at Sep 30, 2018) circle Provider N/A circle Receiver N/A Commitment date_rangeSep 30, 2018
114,532 EUR (Valued at Sep 30, 2018) circle Provider N/A circle Receiver N/A Disbursement date_rangeSep 30, 2018
36,617 EUR (Valued at Sep 30, 2018) circle Provider N/A circle Receiver N/A Expenditure date_rangeSep 30, 2018
239,600 EUR (Valued at Jan 01, 2017) circle Provider N/A circle Receiver N/A date_rangeJan 01, 2017
108,878 EUR (Valued at Jun 30, 2016) circle Provider N/A circle Receiver N/A Expenditure date_rangeSep 30, 2016
86,315 EUR (Valued at Jun 30, 2016) circle Provider N/A circle Receiver N/A Disbursement date_rangeSep 30, 2016
149,038 EUR (Valued at Apr 01, 2016) circle Provider N/A circle Receiver N/A Commitment date_rangeSep 30, 2016
423,166 EUR (Valued at Jan 01, 2016) circle Provider N/A circle Receiver N/A date_rangeJan 01, 2016

Budget

711,932 USD
423,166 EUR (Valued at Jan 01, 2016) date_range Jan 01, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
239,600 EUR (Valued at Jan 01, 2017) date_range Jan 01, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
access_timeUpdated on Nov 01, 2019 12:38:43
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