Currently, UNESCO seeks to consolidate and scale these impacts through by strengthening of the Community Media Network of Tanzania (COMNETA) to become a strong lobby group for Community Media in Tanzania, and as a powerful vehicle to sustainably promote development and participation in rural areas. Ongoing activities include:
1. Supporting training and other capacity development activities to promote ethical, gender-responsive and conflict- sensitive community radio operations in Tanzania to promote tolerance and peace. These capacity development activities target not only the practitioners working in the community radios, but also the community radio board members, technical staff and stakeholders in the community who use the radios.
2. Strengthening the technical capacity and sustainability of local radios by:
- supporting the availability and skills in using basic information gathering equipment and better use of ICTs, including the Internet and mobile phones;
- developing and adapting guidelines and manuals at community levels, including a Tanzanian Community Media Gender Policy and Code of Ethics;
- supporting the setting up of new community radios in areas previously excluded from coverage;
- supporting activities that will lead to the involvement and participation of women and men local radio practitioners in contributing to better media and access to information policies in Tanzania and in the East African region;
- promoting information and experience sharing with local radios and other media stakeholders in Tanzania, in the region and globally.
UNESCO’s work in Tanzania now directly benefitted not less than 140 women and men practitioners working in 12 Community Radios, and indirectly, those reached by the 30 local and Community Radios that are subscribed to the new Community Media Network of Tanzania, formed and registered with UNESCO’s support. Estimated using existing radio coverage predictions methods, the concentric benefits of these projects to surrounding communities enjoying increasing access to information and forums for expression and participation, will be shared by no less than16% of Tanzanian’s 40 million citizens in hard to reach communities, particularly women, youth, and marginalized groups.