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Healthy media, vibrant societies: how strengthening the media can boost development in Sub-Saharan Africa

This 62-page report shares findings of research conducted during the Media Map Project, focusing on the media sector, governance, and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to the report, donor support to media should facilitate the media’s independence from the government and other outside influences, promote its freedom to disseminate information to the public, and to represent the public’s needs to decision-makers, and improve the quality of the news produced. In turn, such an improved news media should keep the government transparent, vitalise the market economy, and provide citizens with critical information to hold their governments to account.