Communication and Information

The Communication and Information Sector (CI) was established as a major V programme of UNESCO. Communication and Information plays a fundamental role in the development process as they are essential for people to successfully respond to the opportunities and challenges of social, economic and technological changes. The mandate of Communication and Information sector which is rooted in UNESCO’s constitution is to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image. Communication and Information sector adopts a multi – stakeholders approach towards collaboration with civil society groups, the private sector, non- governmental organizations, professional organizations and institutions working in the communication and information field in implementing various activities. CI sector supports freedom of expression and freedom of the press as a driving force to sustainable development and tries to bridge the digital divide by promoting access to information.

UNESCO National Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania conducts several activities through its CI sector as indicated below.

  1. International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)

Support free, independent and pluralistic media, strengthen and promote global media development by conducting assessments of national media based on UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDIs), reinforce capacities of journalists, journalism educators and their institutions, based on the UNESCO model curricula as a model for institutional excellence in this area, while encouraging the training of women journalists. Promote sustainable development by enhancing the abilities of journalists to report on science, development and democratic governance.

  1. Information for All Programme (IFAP)

Foster universal access to information and knowledge resources through the use of ICTs, by means of new media and information literacy (MIL) initiatives and the development of electronic alternative means (and tools) for continuing and lifelong education including broadband-enhanced ICTs, mobile devices and open solutions, especially targeting teachers, researchers, information professionals and scientists. Empower nation to bridge the digital divide and address issues of accessibility by supporting the development of policy frameworks on universal access to information, information and communication technology (ICTs) and open solutions including, among others, the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative and the Open Access Strategy, and encourage Member States to implement national policies relating to the Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace.

  1. Media and Information Literacy (MIL)

Empower citizens, particularly the youth, to access and harness the vast amounts of information and knowledge, by encouraging the adoption and integration of the media and information literacy (MIL) training curricula into national policies and strategies, and fostering relationships with youth organizations and other partners to promote the benefits of increased MIL competencies

  1. Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG)

Foster increased gender equality in media operations and content by partnering with media institutions to apply and promote the Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM). Advanced gender equality in and through media by implementing the plan of action of the UNESCO-led Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) with the participation of media, civil society and governments.

  1. World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) recognized the capacity of communication and information to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and concluded its work with an action plan setting out goals to be attained by serve as a framework of action for UNESCO in this area at the global and national level. CI sector through its Inter-governmental program of Information For All Programme (IFAP) knows that ICTs are an important sector of economic activity, achieving high growth rates in developed as well as in developing countries. ICTs are also a platform to exchange data, information, knowledge and a tool to implement applications (e.g. e-commerce, e-schools, e-health, etc.) As such, ICTs can play a catalytic role as an enabler to development.

  1. Memory Of the World (MoW)

UNESCO established the Memory of the World Programme in 1992. Impetus came originally from a growing awareness of the parlous state of preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage in various parts of the world. War and social upheaval, as well as severe lack of resources, have worsened problems which have existed for centuries. Significant collections worldwide have suffered a variety of fates. Looting and dispersal, illegal trading, destruction, inadequate housing and funding have all played a part. Much as vanished forever; much is endangered. Happily, missing documentary heritage is sometimes rediscovered. The vision of the Memory of the World Programme is that the world’s documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to all without hindrance.

  1. Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM)

The aim of the Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM) is to contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment in and through media of all forms, irrespective of the technology used. The main focus of the publication is on the equality and gender dimensions of social diversity in the media. UNESCO’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment is pursued through gender-specific programming and gender mainstreaming with action in all of its fields of competence. UNESCO’s Communication and Information Sector has engaged globally in a wide range of gender-specific initiatives. The two perspectives, equality between women and men working in the media, and equality in news reporting on women and men, are of equal importance and are being stridently pursued. It is against this backdrop that UNESCO, in cooperation with the International Federation of Journalists and many other partners, has elaborated this global framework of Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media. This is a part of a suite of indicators being developed across all sectors of the organization to enable effective assessment of diagnosis of areas within UNESCO’s mandate of media development.

Communication and Information plays a fundamental role in the development process as they are essential for people to successfully respond to the opportunities and challenges of social, economic and technological changes. The mandate of Communication and Information sector which is rooted in UNESCO’s constitution is to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image.

Communication and Information sector adopts a multi – stakeholders approach towards collaboration with civil society groups, the private sector, non- governmental organizations, professional organizations and institutions working in the communication and information field in implementing various activities.

CI sector supports freedom of expression and freedom of the press as a driving force to sustainable development and tries to bridge the digital divide by promoting access to information.

The sector has two Inter-Governmental Programmes:

  1. International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)
  2. Informational For All Programme (IFAP)

International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)

The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The programme provides support for media projects and seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media.

The objectives of IPDC are set in the context of UNESCO’s New Communication Strategy that is:

    • To encourage the free flow of information at international and national levels;
    • To promote a wider and better balanced dissemination of information with no obstacle to freedom of expression
    • To strengthen communication capacities in developing countries.

To facilitate implementation of the programme each UNESCO Member State is required to form a National Committee to coordinate programme activities at the national level.

In 2010 United Republic of Tanzania established the National Committee for the IPDC which have the mandate to coordinate and facilitate the implementation of the IPDC programmes at national level and advice the government on all issues related to communication for development.

The IPDC National Committee works under the following activities

  1.  Encourage and promote free flow of information at national level
  2. Encourage and promote open dialogue and transparency of administration at local level and offer a voice of voiceless
  3. Approve plans for the mobilization of resources for the national committee
  4. Serve as a reference group and liaison with other stakeholders
  5. Undertake any other function it thinks necessary or expedient to furthering the interest of the programme

IPDC Project Proposal

Submission of the Project Proposals
Radios, television stations, media training institutes, professional journalists, media development agencies and community media organization are eligible to write proposals and seek support from IPDC.

The project proposals should focus on IPDC priority areas of:

  • Promoting press freedom and media pluralism,
  • Development of community media,
  • Enhancing professional capacity and
  • Building partnerships for media improvementsThe project proposal must be submitted by using the official IPDC project form before 30 July of every year.The proposal should not be longer than 5 pages; background information beyond those 5 pages will be useful to assess the proposal and the budget.Interested and eligible applicants from the United Republic of Tanzania are invited to submit project proposals in any one of the IPDC priority areas.All proposals should be channelled through the UNESCO National Commission for endorsement and final submission to the  Inter – Governmental Programme Committee for consideration.

Projects Funded Under the IPDC Programme in Tanzania

  1. Television Zanzibar Information Network
  2. Capacity Building for TVT
  3. Community Radio for Karagwe District
  4. Journalism Training Centre
  5. Capacity building of the new community media network of Tanzania(2009/2010)
  6. Establishment of a CMC for the Maasai Pastoral Communities of Ngorongoro District(2009/2010)
  7. Capacity Building of Pemba Press Club Project (2009/2010)
  8. Capacity Building for TV Production Training for SAUT University(2009/2010)
  9. “Speak With Freedom” TV Talk Shows (2009/2010)

UNESCO – IPDC Prize for Rural Communication

The UNESCO – IPDC Prize for Rural Communication is intended to recognize a meritorious and innovative activity in improving communication in rural communities especially in developing countries.

The UNESCO – IPDC prize is awarded every other year.

In 1999 Radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam received award through radio play entitled “Twende na Wakati” aired twice a week for thirty minutes and was highly acclaimed by the local communities. “Twende na Wakati” addressed a range of topics varying from fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, AIDS and STDs, to the need to educate girls, the fight against domestic violence and all sorts of discriminatory cultural practices.

Media houses in Tanzania are encouraged to apply for the Prize.

Information For All Programme (IFAP)

The IFAP is UNESCO’s international programme which seeks to address the information divide between the north and the south, and among various social groups. IFAP aimed at harnessing the new opportunities of the information age and create equitable societies through better access to information. IFAP established in 2000.

The IFAP concentrates its efforts on the five priority areas 

  1. Information for Development focuses on the value of information for addressing development issues.
  2. Information Literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goal.
  3. Information Preservation will be predominantly executed by strengthening the underlying principles of the Memory of the World Programme, beyond its registers, which serve as catalysts to alert decision makers and the public at large.
  4. Information Ethics cover the ethical, legal and societal aspects of the applications of ICT and derive from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  5. Information Accessibility encompasses the many issues surrounding availability, accessibility and affordability of information, as well as the special needs of people with disabilities.

The main objectives of the IFAP are:

  1. To promote international reflection and debate on the ethical,
  2. Legal and societal challenges of the information society,
  3. Promote and widen access to information in the public domain through the organization and digitization and preservation of information,
  4. Support training, continuing education and lifelong learning in the fields of communication information and informatics,
  5. Support the  production of local content and foster the availability of indigenous knowledge through basic literacy and ICT Literacy training,
  6. Promote the use of international standards and best practices in communication,
  7. Information and informatics in UNESCOS fields of competence and
  8. Promote information and knowledge networking at local national regional and international levels.To facilitate implementation of the programme each UNESCO member state is required to form a National Committee to coordinate programme activities.In 2010 UNESCO National Commission of United Republic of Tanzania established IFAP National Committee. The committee works closely with information stakeholders to promote an enabling environment for access to information, to identify relevant programmes for implementation and coordinate their implementation in the country

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    UNESCO/People’s Republic of China (The Great Wall) Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme 2019-2020

    What is it about?

    The Government of the People’s Republic of China has placed at the disposal of UNESCO for the academic year 2019-2020 seventy-five (75) fellowships for advanced studies at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These fellowships are for the benefit of developing Member States in Africa, Asia–Pacific, Latin America, Europe and North America and Arab region.

    Tenable at a selected number of Chinese universities, these fellowships are intended for scholars who plan to pursue advanced studies or undertake individual research with periodic guidance from the assigned supervisor in China for a duration of one year. Selected candidates will undertake their studies in the host universities as visiting scholars. Most of the study programmes will be conducted in English. Selected candidates will undertake their studies in the host universities as visiting scholars. In exceptional cases, candidates may be required to study Chinese language before taking up research or studying in their fields of interest.

    Twenty-five (25) of the 75 fellowships are especially intended for candidatures from the Teacher Training Institutions supported by UNESCO-CFIT Project in the 10 African countries to pursue an Advanced Training Programme for Education Administrators and Teacher Educators at East China Normal University.

    Invited Member States

    AFRICA – 46 Member States:

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    ASIA AND THE PACIFIC – 38 Member States:

    Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Niue, Palau, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam

    ARAB STATES – 13 Member States:

    Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, Yemen


    Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Venezuela

    EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA – 12 Member States:

    Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Ukraine

    Programmes of Study

    Please visit the official web page of China Scholarship Council (CSC) for the fields of proposed studies at the selected chinese universities:


    (i) Applicants applying for General Scholar programs must not be older than the age of forty-five (45) and have completed at least two years of undergraduate study; and those who applying for Senior Scholar programmes must be a master’s degree holder or an associate professor (or above) and not older than the age of fifty (50).

    (ii) English proficiency is required.

    (iii) Be in good health, both mentally and physically.

    Application submission: Closed on 15 March 2019


    The link for the website of China Scholarship Council is, or the webpage for International students

    For the information of available universities and study programmes under this fellowships programme, please visit

    Before applying online, please check our step-by-step Intruction for Online Application.

    For any other inquiry, please contact

    Read the Workflow Steps for Application Submission and Selection to understand how the fellows are selected.

    Click to download:

    Announcement Letter for Session 2019-2020

    Foreigner Physical Examination Form

    Form of Certificate of Language Knowledge

    UNESCO Fellowships Application Form (optional, National Commissions can use this form for the selection at national level)

    Submission and Selection of Candidates

    Due to the intergovernmental character of UNESCO, individual application is not acceptable for UNESCO. Only the application endorsed by the National Commissions for UNESCO will be considered. Applicants should submit their application documents through the National Commissions. The National Commission will select qualified candidates and transmit the application documents of nominated candidates to UNESCO.

    UNESCO and the Chinese authorities will select the seventy-five (75) most qualified candidates. The National Commissions to UNESCO of the beneficiaries will be duly informed by UNESCO.


    WHV – Preservation and Cleaning of the Rock Art
    Paintings in Kondoa Rock Arts Site

    Kondoa Rock-Art Sites, United Republic of Tanzania

    Cultural Property Inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2006

    (A partnership initiative by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Antiquitie - Division and Kondoa Rock Arts Site World Heritage Site)

    Call for Participants

    1. Context
    The World Heritage Volunteers programme was launched by the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 2008, to encourage young people to undertake concrete action and play an active role in the protection, preservation and promotion of the World Heritage Sites. This program has contributed significantly to bring changes of mentalities to individuals, communities towards heritage. More importantly, the program helps to bring a sense of belonging and ownership of cultural and natural heritage resources. It is in the spirit of the philosophy behind the programme that, UNESCO National Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania would like to invite all the young people (youth) around the World to volunteer and participate in this project which will be held in Kondoa Rock Arts Site World Heritage Site in Tanzania.

    2. Aim of the Project
    The project aims at engaging young people to appreciate their past by taking part in planned activities geared to improve the state of conservation of Kondoa Rock Art. Beyond this context, the project will draw attention to researchers interesting to conduct studies in Rock Arts and more importantly, raise awareness to the local community to involve, take responsibility and benefit from their heritage.
    Note: The result of this project (including reports, images, videos and other results) will be published in UNESCO Website and National Commission Website.

    3. Project Activities
    The volunteers will participate in various hands-on activities, including cleaning the surface of the rock art paintings, building paths for the tourists in the site and
    documenting and promoting the art paintings. Furthermore, they will develop bilingual information materials for schools and local communities. They will also engage in an outreach activity in order to raise their awareness about the importance of World Heritage and encourage them to take part in preserving and conserving the site.

    4. Eligible Applicants
    This project is open to young people who are interested in World Heritage Site management and conservation.
    > Aged between 23 and 30 years.
    > Experience in the field of Culture and World Heritage.
     Only 20 participants will be selected.
    > Proficient in English for foreigners. For local applicants, both English and Kiswahili are recommended.
    > Foreigner applicants also are requested to pay a participation fee of 840 USD and local applicants Tsh. 520,000/=. The fee includes Hotel and Camp Accommodation, Return transport from Dar to Kondoa, food and water during the project.
    > Applicants who are interested in participating in the project should send their CV to chamimax@btu.
    de,,, , not later than 17th June 2019.
    > Please visit and

    Important projects dates:
    - Application deadline: 17th June 2019.
    - Acceptance Notification: 26th June 2019.
    - Application Fees payment deadline: 14th July 2019.
    - Project Starts: 19th - 28th August 2019

    For further information and queries, please contact Mr Maximilian Chami: Or

    Creative Cities: Call for applications 2019/ Villes créatives : Lancement de l'appel 2019

    We are pleased to inform you of the launch of the 2019 Call for Applications of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Interested cities are invited to submit their application by 30 June (Midnight, CET).

    The documents of the 2019 Call are made available on the UNESCO Website via the following link:


    UNESCO ICM_Call for Recommendation for MARIE programme

    On behalf of International Center of Martial Arts for Youth Development and Engagement under the auspices of UNESCO (ICM), we are delighted to inform you that, the center will organize the 3rd Martial Arts Research initiative for Experts (MARIE), which will be held from 2 July to 2 August 2019 in Chungju, Republic of Korea.

    MARIE aims to encourage martial arts researchers and instructors in their capacity building to convey positive martial arts values for youth and women.
    The center will cover the training fees, airfare, place of residence and living expenses during the program.

    Eligibility criteria
    Age: Between 23 – 35
    Education: Bachelor’s degree or higher
    Language Proficiency: Spoken and written English

    Professional experience and expertise
    a. Proven knowledge/ experience of Martial arts
    b. Experience of carrying out teaching of youth and women
    c. Specialization in one of the following field will be given priority attention:
    d. Youth development and Engagement
    e. Women’s Social engagement
    f. ‘Leave no one behind’ for vulnerable groups including Youth, the poor, persons with disabilities etc

    Required Document
    a. (Form 1) Application form
    b. (Form 2) Personal Statement and study plan
    c. (Form 3) Two letters of recommendation
    d. Official undergraduate studies transcripts (in English)
    e. Bachelor’s Degree/ Undergraduate Graduation Certificate (in English)
    f. A copy of the applicant’s passport
    g. Curriculum Vitae (Must clearly state current and/or previous position and affiliation)
    h. (Optional) proof of English Proficiency (eg. TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC etc)

    Application Instruction
    Application Form: Your name should match the name on your passport
    Personal Statement and study plan
    • Provide evidence that you possess the required professional experience described in this call for application and indicate in writing your understanding of Martial arts, the interests and extracurricular commitment.
    • The study plan should state your goals and career aspirations. You may include questions that you hope to answer through the program and/ or timeline for how you plan to meet your objectives.
    Letter of Recommendation
    • Complete your part of this form, and supply them direct to two recommenders who know you well. Recommendation should be signed by recommenders.
    Additional Materials
    • Curriculum Vitae: Most updated is required. It should include Full name, address, Number (Including country code), Awards, Work experience, Martial Arts related experience, etc (All items organized from new to old)
    • Proof of English Proficiency: Optional but recommended.


    Executive Secretary
    UNESCO National Commission of the United of Tanzania,
    P.O.BOX 20384,
    Dar es Salaam.

    Attached herewith, are forms to be filled.


    UNESCO Dar es Salaam Job Opportunity - National Associate Project Officer

    Title: National Associate Project Officer

    Domain: Education and Gender Equality

    Grade: NO-B (Only nationals of Tanzania may apply for this post)

    Organizational Unit: UNESCO in Dar es Salaam

    Duty Station: Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania

    Type of contract: Project Appointment

    Duration of contract: 1 year with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory performance

    Annual salary: Approx. 100,312,000 Tanzanian Shillings (TZS

    Deadline: (midnight, East Africa standard time): 19th April 2019

    Click here to open the vacancy advertisement

    Click here to download UNESCO CV