The 12th IREN Eastern Africa Media Forum

Published on 11th February 2014

Theme: Africa Rising: Myth or Reality?
Date: April 2-5, 2014
Venue: Arusha, Tanzania

Recent high growth rates and increased foreign investment in Africa by developed and emerging economies - reported by the African Development Bank - have given rise to the idea that the continent is the next global economic powerhouse. However, some pundits consider these Afro-optimism reports as hype since the growth has not translated to improved living standards amongst a majority of Africa's citizenry. Is the continent experiencing an economic renaissance?
Is 'Africa Rising' a myth or reality?


•To establish whether Africa's Rise is a myth or reality.
•To identify challenges and opportunities facing Africa in the shifting global dispensation.
•To discuss Key strategies for Africa to navigate the global dispensation.


The 12th IREN Eastern Africa Media Forum will draw participation from journalists working and reporting in the development field from Eastern Africa. The event is only open for invited journalists.


The IREN Eastern Africa Media Training is one of IREN’s key forums that targets media practitioners for annual brainstorming sessions on various issues that affect Eastern Africa.

For the last eleven years, IREN has trained over 500 journalists and communicators from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Ghana, Zambia and South Sudan who cover business, governance and other developmental issues. The IREN Eastern Africa Media Training aims at exposing media practitioners to factors that influence events in the world and to principles of wealth creation.

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Previous Media Training Themes

(2013) Indian Ocean Rim: Gateway to Eastern Africa's Prosperity
(2012) Harnessing Digital Revolution to benefit Africa
(2011) Is Eastern Africa Ready for China-India and Europe? 
(2010) The Billionth African
(2009) Africa Resources Conflict: Whose Interest does the Press Serve?
(2008) The Role of the Media in Positioning Africa in the 21st Century
(2007) Turning Africa’s People into a Resource
(2006) Conquering Poverty through Business in Eastern Africa
(2005) Property Rights in the African Context
(2004) Business and International Trade
(2003) World Trade Organization and Africa.

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