The Investigative Journalism Hubs.
International Networks working with African journalists.
PPLAAF – Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa
Founded in 2017 by lawyers, anti-corruption activists and investigative journalists,
The Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa seeks to defend whistleblowers, as well as strategically litigate and advocate on their behalf where their disclosures speak to the public interest of African citizens. PPLAAF provides the following services for whistleblowers, NGOs, media and governments: Secure Communication, Legal Assistance, Media assistance, Advocacy and research.
Water Journalists Africa – Uganda
This network of about 700 journalists spread across some 50 countries focusses on water. It was established in 2011 in Cape Town with support from the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication. WJA is registered as an NGO in Uganda and aims to publish original collaborative investigative geojournalism projects on undercovered issues of water and environment in Africa; provide story grants to journalists; mentor and train journalists; create interactive maps and data visualizations on key issues of water, environment, and climate change in Africa. Their keyproject is Infonile, “a geojournalism platform mapping data on water issues in the Nile River basin with stories to promote transboundary peace”.
Africa Investigates (Al Jazeera)
On a continent where investigative reporters face intimidation and beatings and where death threats are an occupational hazard, African journalists go undercover to find the wrongdoers and put them under the spotlight. Africa Investigates is a groundbreaking series that exposes corruption and abuse across Africa.
BBC Africa Eye
Africa Eye promotes the culture of investigative journalism across Africa and strengthen the skills of African investigative journalists. It is based on in-depth reporting that holds power to account and tackles topics that are of intense interest and concern to audiences in Africa. Africa Eye is part of the BBC’s commitment to invest in original content for Africa in English, French, Swahili and Hausa languages as part of the expansion of the BBC World Service.
African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC)
The African Investigative Publishing Collective (AIPC) is an association of veteran investigative journalists who have dedicated their working and often also private lives to the exposure of wrongs in their societies. It is inspired by a commitment to dig deeper, unearth injustice and uncover truths in the public interest, that is, in the service of democracy, transparency and development.
African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting -ANCIR
The African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) is an association of the continent’s best investigative newsrooms, ranging from large traditional media to small specialist units. ANCIR works to strengthen African investigative journalism by improving the techniques, expertise, the tools used in muckraking newsrooms. This includes providing member newsrooms with the world’s best encryption and semantic analysis technologies, to forensic research support (through the Investigative Dashboard, legal services, and seed grants for cross-border collaboration.
Mongabay.com is a web site that publishes news on environmental science, energy, and green design, and features extensive information on tropical rainforests, including pictures and deforestation statistics for countries of the world. It has collaborated widely with InfoCongo.
Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ)
Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism provides meaningful collaboration, training opportunities and mentorship to local journalists and students around the world. CCIJ aims to broaden their professional horizons by embedding them within global investigations to which they otherwise would not have access to collaborate with Wits Journalism.
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)
The ICIJ is a global network of more than 260 investigative journalists in 100 countries who collaborate on in-depth investigative stories. It is a U.S.-based nonprofit, with its own reporting team, as well as a global network of reporters and media organizations who work together to investigate the most important stories in the world. Cross-border stuff in Africa, African elements of the global collaborations.
Environmental Reporting Collective
The Global Environmental Reporting Collective is a collaboration among journalists in ten countries across Asia, Africa, and Europe. The collective operates as a digital media startup, committed to producing quality journalism through local reporting and global collaboration.
Earth Journalism Network (EJN)
Internews is an international non-profit organization. Internews developed the Earth Journalism Network to enable journalists from developing countries to cover the environment more effectively. EJN trains journalists to cover a wide variety of issues, develops innovative online environmental news sites and produces content for local media – including ground-breaking investigative reports.
Organized Crime Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, founded in 2006, is a consortium of investigative centers, media and journalists operating in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Central America and Africa.
Global Investigative Journalism Network – Africa (GIJN – Africa)
This is the African chapter of an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote and produce investigative journalism. Its membership is open to “nonprofits, NGOs, and educational organizations” that are active in investigative reporting and data journalism. They support member organization doing investigative work in the region including training, fellowships and networking.
Funding - Support for African journalists.
Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundations, founded by George Soros, are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. They have a network of foundations operating in different regions of the continent (OSF South Africa, OSI Southern African, OSF East Africa, OSF West Africa, and others) which support investigative journalism.
DWA Akademie, an offshoot of the German national broadcaster, supports freedom of expression and plays a leading role in the development of free media systems, access to information and setting standards for education and independent journalism. Support goes to, amongst others; Africa Uncensored, the Star, Code for Africa, The Elephant in Kenya and West Africa Network for Investigative Journalism (WANIJ).
Internews is an NGO. Have offices in Washington DC, London and Paris, as well as regional hubs in Bangkok and Nairobi. Formed in 1982. Focus on providing people with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information they need to make informed decisions, participate in their communities, and hold power to account.
Henry Nxumalo Fund for Investigative Journalism
This fund (formerly the Taco Kuiper Fund) enables and supports the work of investigative journalists in Southern Africa with project grants.
International Media Support
IMS in an International NGO that works with local media in countries with conflict and political instability to provide such content and making it accessible to all sections of society including marginalised groups. IJ is a cornerstone of IMS’ work. In Africa they support CENOZO.
Fojo Media Institute (Linnaeus University)
Fojo works to strengthen and develop journalism and media in Sweden and the rest of the world.
Fojo Support Investigative Journalism in Sub-Saharan Africa by working with partners such as Transparency International Kenya (Action 4 Transparency), IDT in Zimbabwe and GIJN and WITS Journalism to support Investigative journalism.