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My name is Mohammed Hammie Rajab, a journalist also a facilitator of change and media development, with over twelve years’ experience in diverse aspects of journalism. As I was part of UZIKWASA/Pangani Fm’s collaboration with BBC Media Action, I worked as the local producer and package maker on a BBC weekly program Haba na Haba (“little by little”) on community challenges and good governance.

I graduated Mass Communication from the University of Dodoma, an Advance Certificate in Journalism at Times School Journalism, Certificate in Community Journalism at University of Cardiff and a Certificate in Visual Effects at University of Norwich.

I have also attended a one year course in Facilitating Organizational Learning and Development (FOLD) conducted by EASUN. FOLD is a unique course that equip individuals to become more conscious on listening, leadership and being agent for transformative change.

This is why I have created a learning action named Reflective Journalism Training (RJT) for young journalists in Tanzania. The training enable journalists to see themselves as part of challenges and development in the community and equip them with skills for strategic questions and producing interactive content that makes people to express their needs effectively.

While working with UZIKWASA organization, at Pangani Fm radio as a Public Relations Manager and Editor, I also managed to train 41 youths from the grass-root since 2013, where most of them pursued advanced journalism courses with financial support from their parents.

In 2019 one among my students Mwanaidi Jumanne who acquired this Reflective Journalism Training won Excellence Journalism Award in Tanzania and two other students scooped 1st and 2nd runner up positions. Mwanaidi was among 80 nominated journalists in 644 journalists who participated from Tanzania.

GRANTS RECEIVED

 2016: International Labour Organization ILO.
• Project: Radio program for addressing issue of unemployment and employment creation for youth in Dodoma region.
• Amount: $5,000.
• Project objective: The main objective of this project was to provide necessary information that would help youth overcome unemployment challenges, voice their untold stories as well as provide a platform for horizontal-learning and sharing skills, aspirations and experiences from different areas around Dodoma and surrounding areas through community radios.
• Position: Project leader.

 2019: Joint project with Dylan Groves, funded by J-Pal
• Project: A field experiment on media coverage and local governance
• Amount: $15, 384.
• Project objective: Through established radio program with the name Sauti Yangu (My Voice) the project finds powerful, personal stories about how communities are affected by water access issues and dedicate to improving local government accountability and responsiveness. The project also dedicated to researching the effects of local media to build a base of evidence.
• Position: Assistant project leader.

 2020: End Water Poverty
• Project: Claim Your Water Rights
• Amount: £1,500
• Project objective: A global mobilisation campaign that aims to awaken people to the injustice of their situation and spur them to claim their human rights to safe water and sanitation.
• Position: Journalist
 2020: Sanitation and Water for All
• Project: Media engagement to raise awareness on COVID-19
• Amount: $205
• Project objective: To create awareness on COVID-19 and deepen citizen’s knowledge through the media on the centrality of hand washing with soap and water as a critical step to staying safe among others. To capture the voices from the field on challenges being faced by the community in accessing the WASH services.
• Position: Journalist

SUCCESS STORIES

1. One of my story aired by Voice of Africa radio in Korogwe district, led the government allocate the fund of 500 million US Dollar to solve water crisis in the village called Mswaha where I produced the radio show. Now the project will not only benefit the people of Mswaha, but also other 600,000 villagers from districts of Pangani, Muheza and Handeni. In the project: A field experiment on media coverage and local governance.

2. Four weeks after airing the radio show at Mtegani Fm, the village government at Mkuranga where I produced a radio show has successfully drilled a well. This occurred after the villagers raised their voices about the water crisis that existed for over a decade. In the project: Claim your water rights

3. Six months after airing the radio show at Lukobe and Mkundi villages in Morogoro region, the government heard the citizen’s voice and initiated a water project which is worth the amount of 620 million Tanzanian shillings. The project started in January 2020, and can be done in June, 2020. It’s expected that the project will benefit 45,000 houses. Other villages which will benefit from the project are Mguru wa ndege, Makunganya and Kihonda Kaskazini. In the project: A field experiment on media coverage and local governance.

On April 23 to April 27, 2019 I was among two young journalists selected by UNESCO to attend Pan African Youth Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia were AU initiated project of reaching one million youth by 2021 in 4Es, Education, Entrepreneurship, Engagement and Employment.
I feel confident and responsible. When I effectively defended my project proposal to establish radio programs to address issues of unemployment and other opportunities for youth in Tanzania.

Currently I work with organization called MACS- Media for Community Empowerment as a Journalist and Deputy Director. MACS is a Tanzanian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) which was founded in 2018 and became legally registered in 2019 with the Reg. No. 00NGO/R/0044 under the NGOs Act No. 24 of 2002, section 11 (1) and 17 (2) Tanzania Laws. The Organization is based in Tanga urban district in Tanga region.

The organization focuses on facilitating, creating, promoting, inspiring and empowering the community through media especially community radios that help citizens to identify societal challenges and amplify their voices by broadcasting their views, enabling to hold their government accountable and transform their livelihood.

MACS is also a member of End Water Poverty, an international organization based in UK that links up governments, donors, civil society, and multilateral organizations to take actions to tackle the sanitation and water crisis.

MACS has an experience of working on various projects that empowered the communities such as Water Crisis, Unemployment issue, Health and Education. The organization also advocates against harmful traditional practices such as teen pregnancies, early marriages, Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG), Violence against Children (VAC), Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), and Gender Based Violence (GBV.

MACS enhances community empowerment through skills development, entrepreneurship trainings, investigative journalism and training as well as reflective and facilitative journalism training.

Currently, MACS is conducting a radio program called SAUTI YANGU (MY VOICE), that will explore local water issues facing Tanzania’s rural citizens as well as various sources of water that are available in the communities in Tanzania’s rural areas and create community inclusion programs that establish positive attitude towards water management and water sources conservation as the role of citizens in the community.

MACS believes in a reflective approach for media organizational development and community transformational change.

Find more about Mohammed Hammie:
https://www.endwaterpoverty.org/member-spotlight-media-for-community-empowerment-tanzania

https://www.endwaterpoverty.org/tanzania-government-pledges-500-million-to-address-rural-water-crisis-media-for-community-empowerment

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/uzikwasa-government-pangani-residents-join-hands-fighting-hammie/

https://issamichuzi.blogspot.com/2019/03/pangani-fm-community-radio-among-top-10.html

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