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FK Exchange Programme comes to a close after 10-year run

The FK exchange programme has seen around 100 media women participate over the ten year period. The Deputy Director General intimated of changes in the next phase of the program set to start in 2013. The Media Women Associations (MWAs) network program formally closes in January 2013 after a home coming meeting to be held in Johannesburg.

In the meeting were the Executive Directors Ms. Ananilea Nkya (TAMWA), Ms Jane Wambui Thuo (AMWIK), Margaret Sentamu (UMWA), Dr Manju Mishra(CJMC) and Pauline Sogiso(ZAMWA). On behalf of the team, Ms Margaret Sentamu appreciated the support of FK over the decade and gave insights into the tremendous benefits derived by the participants in their professional and personal growth and also the partner organisations.

FK Norway (Norwegian: Fredskorpset, meaning the Peace Corps) is a Norwegian governmental body financing two-way mutual personnel exchange between companies and organisations in Norway and similar companies and organisations in the global South – that is countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

It was first founded in 1963, based on ideas of John F. Kennedy’s American Peace Corps, but reorganised and re-established in 2000 ensuring mutual exchange of young people. Itself funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, FK Norway funds exchange programmes between various colleges, organisations, businesses etc. in the southern and northern hemispheres.

By October 2010, more than 4000 young participants had been posted abroad for an average period of one year. FK Norway has several regional networks in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Norway.

By Ms. Jane Thuo

Ms. Thuo is AMWIK’s Executive Director

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