TRUST… BUT VERIFY: Building stronger media collaborations to advance social accountability

One book, Many Learners. Students from Malimbwe Primary School, Malawi   By Thomas R Lansner, Project Director, Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI), Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC)  “Our school has no books.” Standard six student Esther Chakwana had a poem ready for the morning’s visitors to her rural Malimbwe Primary School in Mitundu District, down […]

Social Accountability Advocacy in Bangladesh: New Comms, and Old…

Social Accountability Media Initiative [SAMI] Bangladesh Mentor Kazi Islam [standing] joins local media practitioners Mohammed Tofazzal Hossain [left] and Anzarul Islam Jewel [right], and Care Project Officer Golam Rabanni [center], in an exercise on reporting social accountability stories.   By Thomas R Lansner, Project Director, Social Accountability Media Initiative (SAMI), Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU-GSMC) […]

GSMC faculty assists in creation of 2017 Election Coverage Guidelines

  GSMC faculty, Dr. Nancy Booker (C) is joined by GSMC Director of Resource & Business Development, Kenneth Macharia (L), and GSMC faculty, Dr. Sam Kamau (R), during the launch of the 2017 Media Council of Kenya Guidelines for Election Coverage.   Dr. Nancy Booker, faculty – Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and […]

GSMC’s Documentary on Lake Turkana wins big at Mashariki African Film Festival

Promo: Lake Turkana Water to Dust. Watch the promo here   GSMC’s Giving Nature a Voice documentary on Lake Turkana, dubbed ‘Water to Dust,’ recently won Best East African Documentary at the third edition of the 2017 Mashariki African Film Festival in Kigali, Rwanda. The documentary exposes the danger posed by Ethiopia’s hydropower and irrigation […]

Founding faculty launches novel that reimagines the Rise and Fall of Colonialism in Africa.

IN GOOD COMPANY: Novelist and GSMC faculty, Dr Peter Kimani, signs an autograph during the launch his new novel, Dance of the Jakaranda, at the Graduate School of Media and Communications, Aga Khan University in Nairobi.   Dr Peter Kimani, a founding faculty member, Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communication (AKU-GSMC) launched his […]

Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan University

Five representatives from the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) and the Aga Khan University in Nairobi, Kenya visited Wadsworth House on their last day on campus finalizing an agreement with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Executive Education program to develop an adaptive leadership custom program that will take place at the AKU campus in Nairobi. Pictured […]

HKS AKF Agreement Press Release

Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU GSMC) is set to host a pioneering suite of courses designed to transform leadership in Africa. Launching in November 2017, Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa brings together two world class courses designed to equip executives with the […]

Reflections from SAMI Workshop: Citizens Have a Voice, but Journalists Have a Megaphone

By Tammy Mehdi, Communications, Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) We had a few minutes to collect our thoughts before being pulled into an interview on a low-budget equivalent of Hardball with Chris Matthews. I was visibly flushed as I tried to remind myself to speak slowly and sit upright in front of the camera. […]

Hearst Journalism Fellowships

Tomorrow’s journalists won’t be satisfied by simply telling stories; they will be creating immersive experiences that let audiences get involved with their reporting. The forward-thinking tools you’ll need are being used at Hearst today. If you have the skills, passion and determination to be a journalist of the future – a trained professional who knows […]

Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP)

Founded in 1989, the Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) is a unique and successful model of human rights capacity building. HRAP capitalizes on its affiliation with Columbia University and its location in New York City to provide grassroots leaders the tools, knowledge, access, and networks to promote the realization of human rights and strengthen their […]