From December 11-13, 2013, twenty four local managers, board members and accountants representing nine community radios in Tanzania (Kyela, Sengerema, FADECO, Orkonorei FM, Kahama, Mtegani, Micheweni, Pangani and Pambazuko) met in a capacity building gathering with the purpose of enhancing their knowledge and skills at their work places. The event was facilitated by UNESCO and supported by SIDA through the project “Empowering Local Radios with ICTs.”
UNESCO Windhoek Office sponsored the Financial Management training, as part of the SIDA funded project “Empowering local radio with ICT’s”, for 10 community radio stations from South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho. The training took place from the 14 – 18 October 2013 at Fountains Inn Cape Town, South Africa. The trainers were Greg Kakora, and auditor and financial advisor and Brenda Leonard, the Station Manager of Bush Radio. The 23 participants included the Station Managers, Programme Managers and an additional staff member (12 males and 11 females).
The workshop carried out in Chipata, Zambia, provided financial planning and management capacitation to 10 participants (4 women) from the 5 participating local radios in Zambia. This training contributed to: build the capacity of the radio stations to plan and control financial resources (Income & expenditure, budgeting, Cashflow projections and growth plans); empower local radio stations for the use of ICTs in financial planning and management, including internet applications; development of financial principles and values (transparency, efficiency, accountability, trust); and elaboration of financial plans for their financial resourcing for 2014 and 2015.