News release – ACME and partners receive funding for media development

KAMPALA, Thursday 4 July 2024: The African Center for Media Excellence (ACME) and a consortium including Uganda Editors’ Guild, Uganda Radio Network and Uganda Media Women Association have today signed a grant agreement with the Royal Danish Embassy to support media development work in Uganda. 

Dr George Lugalambi, the Executive Director of ACME and HE Adam Sparre Spliid, Deputy Ambassador/Head of Cooperation, signed on behalf of the consortium and Embassy of Denmark, respectively.

Referred to as Media Support for Public Accountability and Civic Engagement (M-SPACE), the project will be implemented nationally and with a focus on Karamoja, West Nile, and Northern Uganda between July 2024 and December 2027.

The project aims to build a resilient, accountable and inclusive media that will in turn strengthen citizens’ participation in governance and democratic processes. ACME and partners will conduct media research, train journalists and content creators, produce content on critical public affairs, advocate for improvements in the operating environment for the media, promote gender-sensitive reporting, and strengthen overall media capacity, performance, and independence.

M-SPACE is one of several civil society-led projects supported through the Partnership on Accountability and Civic Engagement (PACER), a multi-donor initiative funded by the Danish, Dutch, Swedish, and Irish governments through their embassies in Uganda.

Said Dr. Lugalambi: “This is a unique opportunity for four well-established local media support organisations to leverage their expertise and experience to strengthen the media to play its fundamental role in the democratic growth of Uganda.”

Spliid highlighted the important role of the media in strengthening accountability. He said the flexibility of the funding mechanism under PACER was suited to Uganda’s dynamic political landscape and the emergence of digital and social media which have become vital spaces for civic engagement.

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For further information contact:
Apolo Kakaire, Advocacy and Communication Manager
info[at]acme-ug.org

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