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Walter Bgoya on Tanzania’s reading culture and a new consortium of academic publishers

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There are now 20 universities in Tanzania and many more are coming. Every university wants to do two, three journals. The resources don’t really permit. I think it would be much better if several universities came together and produced one journal at a time together. 

Those are the words of Walter Bgoya, Managing director of Mkuki na Nyota Publishers, an independent publishing company in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is describing the difficulties he is facing with Tanzania’s scholarly culture and highlights that in order to produce high quality journals universities should collaborate more. 

These are also some of the issues that Elsevier Foundation’s Publishers without Borders volunteers have focused on during their month-long training contributions in Tanzania over the past two years. Dr. Charon Duermeijer, who shared her experience in Elsevier Connect, said, “I am convinced that embedding a reading culture in Tanzania will really help advance the nation as a whole.”

TZAP or Strengthening Tanzanian Publishing is a collaboration between the Elsevier Foundation, VSO (Voluntary Services Overseas), INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications)and the Tanzanian Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH). It aims to reinforce the Tanzanian research and publishing ecosystem together with academics and publishers in the field.

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Josina LeguitJosina Leguit is a Corporate Responsibility intern for the Elsevier Foundation. She has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Science and is finishing her master's degree in International Development Studies at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

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