2019 Sida International Training Programme on Self regulation of Media

Deadline: March 21, 2019.

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.



1. Invited countries are:Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe

2. The programme targets individuals that in different ways can promote standards of self-regulation of the media sector in the respective countries.

3. 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.

4. 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



1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.




Media regulation in a democratic framework, Africa

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