The history of printing and publishing cannot be separated from the history of the Institute of Kiswahili Studies. The Centre was established together with the then East African Language (Swahili) Committee which was given in 1930 to make sure that the Unit organizes and supervises all activities concerning printing and publishing (IKS Publishing Policy, 2016). 

Printing and Publishing activities have proceeded since then up to now whereby different books and journals are printed and published. From the 1930s up to 1990s activities of this Unit focused on printing and publishing materials from within the Institute, especially on Kiswahili development, whereby many issues were written, edited and set by experts from within the Institute and taken to somewhere else for printing. In the 1990s the Institute of Kiswahili Research (IKR) under the leadership of the then Director, Professor Shaaban Mlacha, decided to strengthen and expand its activities by buying printing machines, thus, it became capable of printing not only works from within the Institute but also those from other departments and colleges within and outside the University of Dar es Salaam. During the 2000s, the Unit proceeded to strengthen its capability by employing contract employees for printing and two permanent editors and decide to assign some other permanent workers to exclusively deal with printing and publishing matters. So far, the Unit has 13 six month contract employees and two permanent editors.     


  1. To receive manuscripts on Kiswahili language development and its studies as well as to provide academic advice to writers. The good and acceptable manuscript is, under an agreement with the author, published;
  2. Editing copies of manuscripts ready for printing;
  3. To proofread Kiswahili manuscripts for printing; 
  4. To receive special work from within and outside the University of Dar es Salaam and print them;
  5. To publish IKS research reports and research documents on Kiswahili studies;
  6. To welcome students who have chosen to do their practical training on editing at the Institute;
  7. To publish journal articles and flyers which contain knowledge and skills in editing, printing and publishing



Unit Coordinator,

Mr. Timothy Mapunda

 Institute of Kiswahili Studies

P. O. Box 35110;

Phone +255 222410757/+255 683370176;


 Director, Institute of Kiswahili Studies,

 University of Dar es Salaam,

 P. O. Box 35110,

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.