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  • NTV offices, Uganda.
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Civil society
Building institutions: Nation Media Group

In 2006, the Nation Media Group launched NTV to provide high quality television programming to the Ugandan audience. Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan in 1960, the Group has its origins in Kenya’s Taifa and Nation newspapers, which were set up to provide independent voices during the years just preceding the country’s independence.

“From the perspective of 40 years of work, and the experience of the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network, institutional development stands out as critically important to broad-based sustainable change. By institutional development, I mean the strengthening and refocusing of existing institutions, as well as the creation of new institutions and policies to support them. Because this process takes time, it is also urgent. Institutional development is essential to respond to emergent needs, new opportunities, and persistent gaps if change is to measure up to the standards of being positive, significant, long lasting, sustainable and having a genuinely measurable impact. No country to my knowledge can achieve stable continuous growth if its civil society is constrained by inherent institutional instability.”  His Highness the Aga Khan speaking at the Annual Meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Tashkent, Uzbekistan - 5 May 2003.

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