Africa Means Business
Africa Means Business – the AMB programme
Africa Means Business (AMB) is a pan-African financial media development initiative led by the Thomson Media Foundation. The partners include the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC); the Centre for the Study of African Economies at the University of Oxford (CSAE); and the Wincott Foundation.
AMB offers a three-year training and mentoring programme for journalists and economists in Ghana and Kenya, with additional outreach to participants from surrounding countries in east and west Africa. Training hubs are located at the University of Ghana School of Communications and the Strathmore Business School in Nairobi, and a total of 64 people will graduate over the course of the programme.
The initiative is designed to enable journalists to acquire greater competence in handling financial and economic issues and to enable economists to gain confidence and competence in reaching out to a wider audience than they currently meet. The programme is unique in that we are training both groups of professionals at the same time, using the skills and knowledge of one group to enhance the understanding and skills of the other. The long-term goal is to foster personal relationships between economists and journalists, leading to greater and significant professional collaborations.
Pilot training for the programme was led by the CSAE and held in 2009 in Nairobi. Participants included journalists from The Nation Media Group, the Nairobi Star, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, The Standard Group and Kiss FM; and economists from the School of Economics at Nairobi University, the Central Bank and the Communications Commission.
For more information see the Africa Means Business website at http://www.africameansbusiness.org/