Civil Society Strengthening

The work of CSOs provides crucial linkages between the citizens and the development agenda. Their role in enhancing transparency and promoting accountable and just governance is particularly crucial for enabling citizens to become more knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities.

From DTM’s experience, CSOs at the national and grassroots levels face challenges in ensuring that their actions are known by and benefit wide sections of their target constituents. This is on account that tangible means through which CSOs would ensure vast awareness by the constituents through the media are rare. In this service, our aim is to strengthen the role of CSOs in the overall development process.

Our approaches include developing joint programme with sector-based local and international CSOs in various thematic areas including media, health, gender, governance, etc. Within these partnerships, our media mandates are designed to contribute to the improvement of CSO advocacy and engagement with constituents at the grassroots, national and international levels.

Our mandate also involves working with development partners to implement communication and branding strategies for the overall development sector so as to effectively appeal to local and international audiences on their relevance, successes and challenges. In this way, the perception of development practitioners and their agenda amongst citizens and government will be improved.

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THE BARAZA is the development blog page created by DTM. Its main objective is to ensure that the work of development oriented organisations is well known by, and benefit a wide section of the targeted constituencies at the national and grassroots levels. There is a lot happening in the development sector which this media strategy now targets for sustained promotion.

This page will also publish media content developed by the teams from DTM’s capacity development programmes in the area of media and other contributions from local and international correspondents.

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