First Workshop on Community Network and Community Radio in Tanzania

1. Introduction
According to Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) statistics, there are 41.8 Million voice telephone subscriptions and only 23 Million Internet users in Tanzania1 . When Internet access is compared between rural and urban areas, 86% of rural dwellers remain unconnected to the Internet compared to 44.6% in urban areas. Also, the study reported that when comparing Internet access in term of gender then fewer women than men have access to and use of the Internet in Tanzania.

Community established networks also referred to as “Community Networks” (CN) have existed for many years and, provide a sustainable solution to address the connectivity gaps that exist in urban, remote, and rural areas around the world3 . Community broadcasters also referred as “Community Radio (CR)” can be generally defined as those which are independent, not-forprofit, and governed by and in the service of the communities they serve4 . CR forms an important third pillar of media, alongside commercial and public broadcasters, and is a crucial part of a healthy, pluralistic media sector.

2. Workshop Objectives

The objective of the workshop is to promote the creation and growth of Community Networks and Community Radio so as to increase collaboration between community network and community radio operators in Tanzania. In addition, workshop participants will discuss the role of community network and community radio towards Industrialized Economy. The workshop is planned to be an annual event bringing together various stakeholders working in the area of community network and community radio in Tanzania and beyond. The following topics will be discussed: