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PROJECTS, PROGRAMS and ACTIVITIES

The Foundation supports educational, public communication and cultural diplomacy projects that will enable African people to assume leadership roles in the processes used by themselves and others to educate and inform the world about Africa and the Diaspora by equipping significant numbers of indigenous Africans to tell their own stories. In 2013, we began the African World Explorers (AWE) Network. In 1993 and 1998 respectively, we developed the AFRICAN MEMORY project and PAIDM (Pan African Institute for Digital Media) to provide support for these activities. In 2003 we launched African Treasures Magazine which led to the founding of Treasures of Africa and the Middle East (TAME) Magazine in 2008. We began DAWN (Determined African Women's Network) which focuses on helping women achieve financial independence for themselves and their children In 2012.

Our work is being conducted in partnership with citizens and social institutions to expand opportunities for enhanced citizen participation in the agenda setting processes that will result in good governance, economic viability, accountability, education, news and information. Citizens from all walks of life are being taught how to effectively bring investigative reporting skills to bear on problems identified by their fellow citizens and to monitor the impact of NGOs and government alike in collaboration with their local partners. We provide free community media training to citizens of African and Diaspora villages as we create our indigenous community media network for life-long learning. The Foundation's research and consulting teams also provide governments and business communities with validated information that can be used to make critical decisions based on reliable market research results that were derived from inside the affected sectors.

PARTNERS & RECENT ALLIANCES

On September 5, 2012 the Open University of Tanzania officially launched the Julius K. Nyerere Center for Good Governance and Media Studies. The Nyerere Center is a dream-fulfilled for its creator and designer Prof. Robert L. Jones, II, the founder of the OnLine Africa Knowledge Foundation. Prof. Jones is currently directing core teams that are creating, developing and testing innovative e-governance and media applications and programmes that can contribute to greater civic engagement in the better governance process.

In February 2011 we opened our Tanzania studios in partnership with LINKS Multimedia Foundation, SIBUKA-Tv and FM Radio Network which services 3 East African countries. This partnership is providing on-the-job training in printed media, broadcast media, photography, video, radio, film and other media sectors. We will also produce a series of interactive broadcast programs that focus on Africa's liberation heritage that will be distributed as internationally syndicated programs. In January 2012, our SIMBA Photo Bank began an alliance with Africa Interactive in order to more efficiently meet the visual information needs of our growing group of global knowledge clients. In 2011 we began providing consultation services and film production training to MFDI (Media For Development International-Tanzania) Swahiliwood Film Industry Capacity Building Project whose current crop of behavioral change and entertainment/education films are being sponsored by USAID and the Johns Hopkins University.

East Africa Projects:

Since 2007, the Foundation’s principals have been working to structure programs that will enhance the ability of colleagues in Tanzania and Kenya to carry out national and local plans to improve the scope and effectiveness of existent programs for education, telecommunications and community mass media.

In Tanzania, our work is being conducted in partnership with citizens and governors of Vikawe Village, Bagamoyo, Mwanza, Nungwi Zanzibar, Stone Town and Arusha who are being engaged in activities that will expand their vision of how they can play enhanced roles in the agenda setting processes that will result in good governance, economic viability, news, health, agriculture. Citizens are being taught how to effectively bring investigative reporting skills to bear on problems identified by their fellow citizens and to monitor the impact of NGOs and government alike in collaboration with our local partners.

The OLAfrica Knowledge Foundation’s work in Tanzania is being carried out under a number of projects that will be based on extensive needs assessments and feasibility studies being conducted with our Tanzanian partners and collaborators. In January 2009, Robert and Doris Jones signed an agreement as consultants to the Open University of Tanzania Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. They will leverage Foundation, OUT and external resources to develop Africa's first on-line degree-granting program in journalism. We recently presented our newly designed curriculum to OUT for its approval.

In addition to developing degree-granting programs, our work also focuses on helping world-class indigenous African scientists and scholars to produce their own customized culture-specific courseware and other materials in English, Swahili and other African languages. We will also produce materials in Arabic, Portuguese and French.

Learn more about our HISTORY and EARLIER PROJECTS

MEDIA (PHOTOS, VIDEOS & SLIDE SHOWS):

East Africa Field Study Program, The American University in Cairo

TRADITIONAL KENYAN DANCES with Kogelo Village Elders Council during the 2009 Obama Presidential Inauguration in his father's ancestral village.

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