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Studio Tamani - Mali

Studio Tamani is a daily radio news programme about Mali that has been broadcasting daily news bulletins in 5 languages (French, Bambara, Peulh, Tamasheq, Songhai) lasting 12', a major debate programme "Le Grand Dialogue" lasting 45', and 3' news or theme magazines since August 2013. Studio Tamani's ambition is to inform and encourage dialogue between "all the voices of Mali", in order to find consensual solutions to the conflicts that are undermining this country at the heart of the Sahelian crisis.

All Studio Tamani content is produced by a team of 30 Malian journalists based in Bamako and a network of 45 correspondents throughout the country. This young, multicultural team, which reflects the country, was recruited, trained and supervised by experts from the Fondation Hirondelle. It produces the 3.15-hour programme every day during the week (1.15 hours in the morning, two hours in the early evening and an educational programme), and two hours at weekends and on public holidays. It is broadcast live by 85 partner radio stations across Mali. Le Grand Dialogue" is also filmed and broadcast by three cable TV channels in Bamako. This national broadcasting network was set up as part of the partnership between Fondation Hirondelle and URTEL (Union des radios et télévisions libres du Mali), which was behind the creation of the Studio Tamani project. Studio Tamani's editorial team regularly takes on trainees under agreements with Bamako's university training structures. This contributes to the training of a new generation of Malian journalists, based on the ethical and professional principles defended by Fondation Hirondelle.


  • Contribute to peace in Mali, to reconciliation and dialogue between all components of the population
  • Support the professionalization of the Malian media sector through an original media program that trains and coaches a journalist network of reference around the country


  • 1'500 hours of annual radio programming, 248 hours of television programming
  • 3'200 articles published online annually, more than 8,000 posts on social media
  • + 125,000 Facebook fans and + 73,000 Twitter followers
  • 85 partner radio stations, 3 partner televisions
  • 100 people trained annually (journalists, technicians, managers, administrators, correspondents, student interns)
  • Covered population: 16 Million.


Team : 1 Country representative of Fondation Hirondelle, 31 Malian journalists, technicians, managers and personal administrators.

Annual budget : CHF 1,936,064

Financial resources :

  • Sweden
  • Denmark (FAMOC)
  • Switzerland (SDC Programme Contribution)
  • Czech Republic
  • United Kingdom (FCDO - CSSF)
  • Nicolas Puech Foundation
  • Madeleine Foundation
  • Fondation d'Aide à l'enfance et au Tiers-Monde
  • Income generated
  • Private donations

Testimonies :

"Studio Tamani, the whole Bafoulabé district is proud of you, because you keep us informed about everything that's going on in the district. And the information is very clear. Every time I call the village and tell them what's happened there, they're astonished and ask me how I know. Very, very credible information. Congratulations really.

Boubacar SABE, from the cercle of Bafoulabé, in the Kayes region in south-west Mali, who lives in Bamako, is a loyal listener to Studio Tamani programmes.

"It was Studio Tamani that broke the ice between people and groups who didn't speak to each other and who were at war with each other. By bringing them together around the 'Grand Dialogue' microphone, Studio Tamani showed them that they could talk to each other. It was an important contribution to the peace process."

Amadou Thiam, 2nd Vice-President of the National Assembly of Mali, and the country's youngest MP, November 2015.

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