Welcome to Tanzania Media Fund

Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) stands for an independent, quality, diverse and vibrant media in Tanzania by enabling investigative and public interest journalism and facilitating critical reflection and learning. Our vision is one of an open society where all people can access information, debate issues and express their views.

Through our funding and learning activities, we seek to support quality journalism that better informs the public, contributes to debate and thereby increases public demand for greater accountability across Tanzania. We focus on investigative journalism and public interest journalism read more


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  • TMF awards final grantees; to become an independent organisation in 2015
    September 17, 2014

    After a competitive grants selection process, through which the organization received 71 applications for its institutional grants, Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) has contracted its final batch of institutional grantees until after June 2015. Sixteen (16) media houses qualified for financial and capacity building support from TMF for the period from September 2014 to March 2015.

    The 16 new institutional grantees are Alkemist Media (Dar es Salaam), CG FM Radio (Tabora), Daraja Development (Njombe), Jamhuri Media Ltd (Dar es Salaam), Kahama FM Stereo Radio (Kahama), Kigoma Press Club (Kigoma), Radio Kitulo FM (Makete), Local Media Entertainment (Dar es Salaam), Mbeya Highlands FM (Mbeya), Pesa time – Mpakasi.com (Dar es Salaam), Radio Habari Njema FM (Manyara), Standard Radio Voices Ltd (Singida), 94.8 Sunrise FM Radio (Arusha), Super Brains Media Ltd (Dar es Salaam), Upendo FM Radio (Dar es Salaam) and Zanzibar Broadcasting Corporation (Zanzibar).

    This brings to more than 100 the total number of institutions that have received support from the Fund since its inception in 2008. Still, demand for TMF products, which also includes grants to individual journalists, in the media landscape in Tanzania is huge. To date, the project has offered capacity-building and financial support to over 500 journalists to cover some of the country’s most significant development stories. But more remains to be done.

    Addressing journalists during a press conference on Friday, 12 September to announce the new grantees, TMF Director Ernest Sungura said, “Media has a significant role to play in addressing the challenges that exist in our society.”

    TMF grants provide much needed financial and technical support to enable media houses and journalists do this. This year alone, for instance, TMF has visited more than five regions across the country that to provide journalists in these areas an opportunity to pitch public interest or investigative journalism story ideas to mentors who would then assess the idea according to set TMF guidelines. Through this approach, the organization identified 91 journalists based in Manyara, Singida, Shinyanga, Tabora, Rukwa, Mbeya, Zanzibar and Geita regions to receive rural dispatch grants. They will be contracted in October.

    Though TMF was set up at the initiative of a group of development partners in 2008, it will in 2015 become an independent legal entity that promotes an independent, diverse, and vibrant media, towards enhancing domestic accountability. While it transitions from being a donor-managed initiative to an independent organisation, TMF will focus on working with its 16 new institutional grantees and 91 new individual grantees as well as finalising its existing contracts. The organization will not be accepting new applications for individual or institutional grants between now and June 2015.

  • TMF no longer receiving new grant applications
    September 9, 2014

    The Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) would like to inform all its stakeholders that it is no longer accepting new applications for individual or institutional grants. This is because until the end of May 2015, TMF will focus on finalising its current contracts as it transitions from being a donor-managed initiative to an independent organisation.

    To stay updated on any new developments at the organisation, please regularly check the TMF website. You may also follow @TheTZMediaFund on Twitter or visit the official TMF Facebook page on this link. For any questions or more information, email us on info@tmf.or.tz or call the office on the numbers (+255) 215 3146/215 3768/714 333 334.

  • Call for Organisational Development expert for new TMF
    August 29, 2014

    Hivos Tanzania, which manages the Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) until May 2015, is looking for an organisational development expert. The right candidate will assess and address the capacity strengthening needs for TMF and help design a programme of organisational strengthening, towards the establishment of an independent TMF. The assignment will take place in September 2014, for a maximum of 15 actual working days.

    Applications must be submitted before the close of business on 4th September, 2014. For more information, download the Call for Expressions.

    August 6, 2014

    TMF’s lead donor, SDC, is looking for an external reviewer to assess the performance of TMF. The overall objective of the review is to assess the performance of the project as it reaches the completion of phase two (May 2015) in order to determine its relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability as well as draw lessons that will inform TMF’s future strategy.

    It is recommended that the reviewing team consists of two people: a lead consultant and contractual partner bearing the responsibility for the timely delivery and quality of products as per the contract. The inecption report is expected by 30 September 2014, and the final review report needs to be completed by 14 November 2014.

    More details can be found in the Terms of Reference.


    June 29, 2014

    What defines quality in reporting is the content of your story. TMF’s objective is, among others, to increase the quality of reporting in Tanzania. Through mentorship and practical experience, TMF grantees have the opportunity to work on their skills as journalists. But does this TMF intervention really have an effect on the quality of reporting? In 2013 TMF started analyzing the work of its grantees and compared their work to that of Tanzanian journalists who had not received TMF funding. The first content analysis took place in the second half of 2013. The second and most recent content analysis was completed in April 2014.

    The TMF authors performed better than the non-TMF group in many areas, including:

    -          Rural focus

    -          Average number of sources

    -          Use of authorities and ordinary people as sources

    -          Use of ordinary perspective and, in general, a higher number of perspectives

    -          Providing opposing viewpoints

    -          Providing right to reply.

    TMF uses these findings to monitor the overall perfomance of its grant categories, and to identify areas in which training and mentoring needs to be increased. However, the findings are helpful to everyone in the Tanzanian media industry trying to improve the quality of journalistic work. Please find out more about the content analysis by reading the content analysis reports.

    Content Analysis Report (October 2013)

    Content Analysis Report (May 2014)

    May 29, 2014

    Late 2013 TMF commissioned Synovate to carry out an audience survey. The survey itself was done between November 2013 and January 2014. The audience survey looked at the performance of various TMF grantees, as well as views of the public on media and accountability in general. The grantee-specific results of the audience survey are shared with TMF’s grantees so that they can use this information to improve their programming and reach a broader audience. The audience survey forms part of TMF’s monitoring and evaluation framework, and is used by TMF to measure the performance of its grantees and learn lessons for the future. The public section of the report is published here.

    Public version – TMF audience survey

    For those interested to know more about what Tanzanians think about their media, and how they consume media, have a look at our Public Perception Survey that was carried out late 2012:

    TMF Public Perception survey



    May 23, 2014

    TMF would like to congratulate all overall  broadcast women journalists Excellence in Journalism Awards (EJAT)2013 winners who have been selected for the first ever  TMF Women Broadcasters Fellowship Programme. This is in response to TMF Director’s commitment to fund women winners during (EJAT) Gala at Mlimani City on 14/3/2014.

    The selected broadcasters will be the pioneers of the Women Broadcast Fellowship Programme which will be launched on 30th May, 2014 that will run for six months from June to November 2014.

    1.     Regina  Kulindwa, Afya Radio

    2.     Clara Patrick, Afya Radio

    3.     Peninah Kajura, Afya Radio

    4.     Grace Kiondo , Hits FM

    5.     Khadija  Mzee, Mlimani TV

    6.     Hawa Bihoga, Afya Radio

    7.     Mwamini Andrew, TBC Taifa

    8.     Hawa Halifa Msangi, Kili FM

    9.     Cecilia Ndabigeze, Afya Radio

    10.  Rose Pallangyo, Kilimanjaro Film Institute

    Other fellowships that will also be launched are Extractive Industries for Senior Journalists, Gender-Based Violence for Women, Combating Drugs Trafficking and Preventing Drug Abuse for Senior Journalists and Editors and Television Fellowship for Senior Producers.

    May 6, 2013

    The Tanzania Media Fund has expressed its readiness to cooperate with media houses in developing creative business models to enable media institutions to transform their operations so that they generate high quality media products.

    In his motivation remarks during the commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day in Arusha on May 3, 2013, the Director of TMF, Ernest Sungura, said TMF was equally willing to formulate strategic plans to see media institutions through growth and development.

    The Director challenged media owners to do soul-searching as to whether their media houses were highly appreciated by readers, viewers or listeners but had a weak professional approach or whether they had credible journalists and editors but were still unable to generate enough revenue.

    “You should go further by asking yourselves whether your media houses have existed long enough but still produce poor quality media products; whether they were alleged to lack editorial independence or lacking in organizational and financial capacity,” asked Mr. Sungura.

    He told the media stakeholders that TMF had established a transformation grant worth Tanzanian shillings 200 million for each media house, explaining that the amount was, however limited to 24 media houses until 2015.

    However, the director was quick to caution that the number one qualification for the transformation grant was not the money itself but that the applicants should be motivated by the transformation or structural change they wanted to bring about.

    “Use this gathering today to identify at least one structural obstacle that hinders quality journalism in your media house and that should be your motivation. It is no secret that when we transform our internal capacities, our media will stand firm and be enabled to do its rightful duty of serving and consequently transforming society,” he expounded.

    Mr. Sungura said the move would also go a long way to creating safer working conditions and enabling environment for journalists and editors to exercise freedom of the press.

    Earlier, in his opening remarks, the Secretary General of the East African Community, Dr Richard Sezibera, called on media stakeholders to invest in the promotion of peace in Tanzania and the entire region.

    “I urge all media practitioners to ensure the promotion of peace in the region. Invest in peace in Tanzania. It is possible to have vibrant debates, divergent views and acute differences but with harmony.

    “Invest in telling our own stories. For so long our region and the entire continent has been defined by others. Let us tell our own stories and tell the stories right. Desist from quoting CNN as your sources when you can tell the story from the ground,” Dr Sezibera advised.

    Over 200 media stakeholders attended the two-day commemoration that was punctuated by presentations and brainstorming under the theme: Safer and better working environment for journalists in East Africa. Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda sent representatives. Members of the diplomatic corps from the Swiss and Swedish embassies also attended the event.

    April 17, 2013

    TMF believes that good quality journalism and an independent media contribute to an increase in domestic accountability through creating an informed public. In order to find out more about the current public opinion about the media in Tanzania, TMF commissioned a media public perception survey in the last quarter of 2012. The survey questioned 2000 ordinary citizens and 200 community decision makers about their perceptions of the media.

    Overall,the public feels that the Tanzania’s media sector is growing and improving over time. The media sector is serving a news-hungry public that wants the media to keep those in positions of power accountable. However, the public perception survey also points to perceptions of shortcomings in the media, both in terms of the content it provides to the public and the quality of the services it provides. For example, citizens feel that politics is overrepresented in the Tanzanian media, while they are more interested in stories related to health and education. In terms of quality of the media, people were least positive about the quality of newspapers, followed by television. Radio was most appreciated. Nevertheless, even radio is felt to have ample room for improvement in terms of their professionality and diversity of content.

    The findings of the public perception survey serve to guide TMF’s strategy in the coming years, but TMF also encourages others to use this information when planning their media programmes or interventions.

    Full Media Public Perception Survey Report.


    February 25, 2013

    The Tanzania Media Fund has an eight-strong team of Advisory Committee members with Ms Pili Mtambalike as the chairperson and Mr. Alloyce Komba as the vice chairperson. According to the Director of TMF, Mr. Ernest Sungura, the members were selected on grounds of their independence on how they operate, availability of time, originality of thought, ability to express oneself clearly and decisively and experience and knowledge in their particular sectors. The key tasks of the committee include advising on strategic issues like development, positioning and sustainability of TMF and also to review and advise on the Fund’s semi and annual reports and plans.

    Ms Pili Mtambalike, as the chairperson of the committee, brings to TMF vast experience in journalism and legal issues. She is a founder member of the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) and its first secretary general for the first six years of its formation in 1987. Ms Mtambalike has also worked as a Communication Officer with UNICEF and the UNDP country offices in Dar es Salaam. She is currently the Regulations and Standards Manager of the Media Council of Tanzania.

    The vice chairperson Mr. Alloyce Komba, a trained teacher and lawyer, is a seasoned journalist with 10 years as a fulltime practicing journalist in print media and 10 years as a media critic, trainer, facilitator and consultant. He is currently employed as a Principal Investigation Officer at the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG) since 2006 and is an advocate of the High Court of Tanzania since 2010.

    Mr. Aidan Eyakuze who is a co-founder of Serengeti Advisers – a consultancy firm based in Dar es Salaam with expertise in banking, economic, public policy analysis, media and communications and corporate finance, is a member of the committee. Also on board as a member is Mr. Prudence Kaijage who has broad experience as a development worker with a background of having been the Principal of the Tanzania Centre for Development Cooperation (TCDC) in Arusha.

    A mentor with TMF in the formative years, Ms Vicky Ntetema also sits in the advisory committee to share her vast experience in the electronic media from the then Radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam and later the BBC. The other members are Mr. Ernest Sungura (Director of TMF), Ms Will Janssen (Hivos Regional Office – Kenya), Ms Marjan Besuijen (Hivos – Netherlands) and Ms Sonya Elmer (SDC – Dar es Salaam).