Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa 2020

Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa 2020

Deadline: October 5, 2020

Applications are invited for another round of the Thomson Reuters Foundation Reporting on Illicit Finance in Africa 2020. In partnership with the African Centre for Media Excellence, Thomson Reuters Foundation is looking for journalists based anywhere in Africa who are motivated to understand how their country could be losing money via illicit means.

Wealth of Nations is a long-term engagement, and journalists who take part must commit to all elements of the scheme, signing an agreement to this effect. These elements include:

  • The production of stories on illicit financial flows.
  • A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories.
  • Intensive training on reporting illicit finance taking place online between October 12 – November 6, 2020.

Journalists will not be considered to have completed the scheme until they have completed all the elements, including, for those taking part in the mentoring support scheme, the production of at least one story on illicit financial flows, and will not receive their certificates until this point.


  • They are offering small grants to cover internet/data costs. If you should be selected for the mentoring scheme, the maximum story grant they can provide is USD $1,000. Please note that grants awarded vary depending on the anticipated resources required to complete the story. Any proposed costs without a detailed explanation will not be considered.


  • Open to journalists with at least two years of professional experience and fluent English.
  • It is an advantage if you are familiar with investigative journalism, reporting on finances and/or dealing with numbers more generally, but if you have a strong motivation to learn about and understand these issues then they will consider your application. Early career journalists are invited to apply.
  • You must be able to spend significant time working on illicit finance stories.
  • Both freelancers and staff journalists may apply. Journalists working for a news organisation will need consent from their editor to take part. Freelancers should provide evidence that one or more media organisations will be willing to take their work.
  • Journalists working in any medium or multiple media are welcome to apply (print, online, radio or television).
  • Journalists should be based in Africa and working for one or more African media organisations.
  • Journalists applying must have fluent English.
  • Applicants must have access to a minimum internet speed of 1 MB/second.


Please have these ready before you begin filling the form.

  • Two work samples. TV/Radio journalists can send in their scripts and a brief summary. 
    • If relevant work samples are in local language, please provide an English translation (if work sample is online, please share link so that the web page can be translated).
  • A letter from your editor consenting to your participation and confirming that they will publish any story produced through the programme.

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