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Profile of: Great Lakes Analysis

NOTE TO CORRESPONDENTS, RESEARCHERS AND WRITERS:

1.0.0.          FORMAT:
This will be a magazine printed in fine art A4 size news newsprint. It will be a subscription only and found in select places in capital cit­ ies of the Great Lakes Region of Africa, the Maghreb and beyond. It will be published monthly to start with. The format of a magazine has been chosen to attract advertisers.

2.0.0. CONCEPT:
The print media market in the Region is highly saturated. Tanzania alone counts over a dozen  dailies among which are tabloids and broadsheets. Preoccupied with reacting to daily events of the day or the week, there is clearly a vacuum in terms of hard informa­ tion useful to people in business, diplomacy, government and international organisations.

Great Lakes Analysis will therefore be a source of information of intelligence value on business developments, economic and political analysis in the Region. It will monitor current events and developments, analys­ ing them in the context of a given country’s concrete condition, offering an economic and political insight and projection. It will publish special quarterly country reports on economic and political developments.

3.0.0. CONTENT:

Africa needs to re-assert its independence. lnia­tives of countries such as the Libya Jamahiriya where a unique system of governance is in place with leadership from bottom up- needs to be projected and promoted globally. This will be one of the objectives of the magazine: to give a correct projection of countries which have joined the battle against globalization which is effectively imperialism in reality. It will provide:

(i) Inside StorieNews Behind the News and Backgroun ers:

This section would be strength of the pa­ per. What leaders do not say in public or avoid to say is what should be carried in the paper. They always have a hidden agenda or a personal interest. For example the West’s demonization of Libya just because it is the author of its own development path must be correctly projected.

The paper should also provide its readers with something more than what is said in those communiques at the end of leaders’ visits. Equally, the paper should be able to tell its readers why a certain leader fell out of favour int the West etc.

This means that Correspondents/Re­ searchers for Great Lakes  Analysis should be able to cultivate and sustain contacts in strategic key areas of Gov­ ernment, Diplomacy, Business etc to secure hard information.

(ii) Economic Landscape:

Africa has immense natural resources in terms of minerals and so forth. Business people and investors need to be told in precise terms where these minerals are located, quantity and quality and also the position of current level of exploita­ tion. Special quarterly country reports of Great Lakes Analysis  should be able to carry this information.

Economists especially from the West are fond of measuring  economic growth of this part of the region in statistics and figures which does not tally to the reality on the ground. Great Lakes Analysis should be able to come up with real economic indicators using the region’s indigenous economists with a focus on human development