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Why Now?

Africa’s formal economic sector is increasingly thriving; many countries are experiencing unprecedented levels of prosperity, investment, social and economic growth. To sustain this growth, governments, the private sector and civil society require reliable and up-to-date sources of financial information and economic analysis. Having credible, verifiable and consistent economic data is a vital requirement for stimulating capital investment.  As the public and private sectors look to the media to provide data and analysis, the media landscape is undergoing significant changes.  Traditional media business models are giving way to new approaches in the new digital age and media leaders will be looking for new ways to respond to these challenges.  They will seek to embrace innovation, diversify and develop their workforce and find new ways to maintain profitability.

The ALI Media Fellowship endeavours to provide a forum for managing directors, editors and other media leaders to hear from leading international practitioners, exchange ideas, and examine new trends to help them shape a media sector that will play a significant role both in Africa’s future economic growth, and in how the continent responds to globalisation, new technologies and new human development opportunities.