Deadline: March 26, 2023
Applications are open for the CiFAR Investigative Journalism Programme 2023 for Journalists from Africa & Europe. Between 2017 and 2022, CiFAR has organised four investigative journalism support programmes, training and mentoring over 100 journalists from North Africa, West Africa, Western Balkans, Madagascar and Europe.
Each programme, supported by the GIZ Global Programme Combating Illicit Financial Flows, brought together a group of participants, building their knowledge on corruption, asset recovery and financial investigations, and supporting them to work in teams to develop, write, pitch and publish stories on financial crime.
Starting in March 2023, they will hold the fifth instalment: Investigate – East & Southern Africa. Open to English speaking applicants from East & Southern Africa and Europe, they aim with this combination to support journalists from these two regions in developing stories that are more in-depth and more cross-regional than ever before. You’ll spend five days in a comprehensive online training, learning and improving your skills in investigative journalism with a focus on financial crime by public officials.
Following this, they will convene an investigative journalism camp to continue training participants and facilitate planning of cross-border stories. Teams will be able to pitch for limited funding to develop their stories. Along with senior regional and international journalists, they’ll also support you to develop your stories and pitch them for publication in independent media.
- Five days of intensive online training programme with expert trainers throughout Spring 2023 covering:
- Financial crime and cross-border corruption
- Anti-corruption and asset recovery legal and policy frameworks
- Reading financial documents
- Asset recovery
- Investigative journalism 101
- Specificities of investigating financial crime by public figures
- Story-telling techniques
- Online databases and digital tools
- Safety and security in investigations
- Participation in a four-day investigative journalism camp in Nairobi in May 2023
- Remote Mentoring by CiFAR and international and local senior journalists to develop your story with your peers
- Limited grants to conduct and publish your cross-border story with peer trainees and mentors
- Support to conduct further investigations in the future and to attend international investigative journalism events relevant to your career development.
Accepted participants will have their costs covered for the entire programme. Organisers will cover:
- All training costs
- Participation in the regional workshop in East Africa: return flight, visa fees, accommodation costs, local travel, meals and COVID-19-related costs
- Limited grants for team story development
- Open to an early to mid-career journalist (3-10 years experience).
- Excited to move into or expand your experience in financial investigative work.
- National or resident of Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Angola, Madagascar, DRC Congo; EU, the UK or Switzerland
- Committed to work on exposing grand corruption and illicit financial flows from your country, flows of corrupt wealth into your country and on the processes for recovering stolen wealth
- Interested in working as part of a cross-border team with others like you
- Able to commit to a 5 days online workshop in late April 2023, as well as a 4-days work camp in Nairobi in late May 2023
- Commitment to dedicate time and energy on a story with your peers after the training phase and to bring a joint story to publication by October 2023
- You speak and understand English to a working level
For more information, visit CiFAR.