On Monday, January 21st, Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa’s Financial Journalism Training Program arrives in Zambia with support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
Εarlier this week, phase two of the multi-year program launched in Ghana.
Through the Training Program, more than 50 delegates from Zambia and Malawi will come together to build familiarity with capital markets, public policy, and economics and build skills in data analysis, accounting, and journalism. On 19 days over the course six months, participants will meet with faculty from the University of Lusaka Business School and the University of Zambia Department of Media and Communication.
The Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa, of which the Financial Journalism Training program is the centerpiece, looks to enhance business and financial reporting capacity that can encourage accountability and sound governance. Since its inception in 2014, the program has reached more than 1,000 people and graduated participants from 13 countries. The first phase of the Training Program took place in Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa, and the current phase is set to expand into three additional countries beyond Zambia and Ghana.
SNF’s support takes place in partnership with Bloomberg and Strathmore Business School in Kenya. It forms part of the Foundation’s broader support for initiatives that provide journalists the resources and skills they need to pursue excellence in their field. These initiatives include summer scholarships for Greek journalists to Columbia University’s School of Journalism, the Practicum in Modern Journalism at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and collaboration with and funding for the new Athens-based incubator for Media Education and Development (iMEdD).