First phase (2012-2014)

All nine benefitting radio stations in Tanzania gathered to attend the Financial Planning and Management workshop from 10 to 12 of June 2014, at the Sengerema Community Radio Station.

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FADECO Radio

100.8 FM

Kahama FM

90.8 FM

Micheweni Radio

94.7 FM

Pambazuko

90.7

Mtegani FM

91.9 FM

Kyela FM

96 FM

Sengerema workshop participants
Sengerema workshop on financial planning and management
Participants discussing during the workshop
Workshop on financial planning and management in Sengerema

The workshop was carried out by local trainers, Ramadhan Ahungu and Florence Maria Kilasara, in both Kiswahili and English to 23 participants, of whom 16 were women. The workshop built skills in financial management and planning, and highlighted the responsibilities of managers and board members. Topics included: accounting processes and routines; financial management practices, ICTs and tools; financial statements; strategic planning; budget plan and control. There was intense sharing of experiences and information on the various sources of revenue used by each radio station. Examples covered community members, businesses, government and other civil society organizations working in their vicinity. After the workshop, trainees had increased knowledge on financial management and on how to enhance strategies for strenghthening their radio stations' sustainability. 

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