Two three-week training courses for TV and radio journalists will take place in Burkina Faso and Mozambique in October and November in the framework of the EU/ACP Microfinance Programme, in cooperation with the Making Finance Work for Africa Partnership.
The media are important intermediaries to help clients to be more aware of the opportunities and risks of accessing different financial products, from credits to insurances or savings. To strengthen financial literacy among local audiences, the journalist trainings will focus on improving the reporting on microfinance topics. They will also familiarize the participants with online and multimedia journalism, which will play an increasingly important role in their professional career in the future.
To ensure long term impact for the trainings and sustainable build-up of local financial journalism, in the framework of an efficient coordination among various donors initiatives, the trainees are expected to join the network of peers organized by the Partnership for Making Finance Work for Africa Secretariat through its online platform.
The EU/ACP Microfinance Programme illustrates the EU's and ACP's commitment to support microfinance projects with a focus on capacity building. It is financed by the 9th European Development Fund (EDF) with €15 million. Its aim is to improve the overall effectiveness of microfinance operations in ACP countries by supporting the development of sustainable microfinance institutions (MFIs) and networks, stimulating improvements in performance by promoting MFI ratings, and strengthening MFI information systems, as well as enhancing transparency and efficiency in ACP microfinance markets.
The courses will take place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from October 11th to 29th, and in Maputo Mozambique from November 3rd to 19th.