Africa’s first data-driven investigative journalism initiative launches today with $500,000 in grants and technical support for reportage that changes lives. The initiative grows out of a partnership between CfAfrica and the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ). A consortium of donors led by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank and CFI Media Cooperation.
The new impactAFRICA initiative will seek to support pioneering data journalism that tackles development issues, such as public healthcare, in six initial African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.
“This initiative will help African journalists leapfrog many of the obstacles facing their newsrooms, by taking advantage of new technologies and by drawing on the continent’s best digital strategists,” says Mohamed Dawjee. “It will also help African journalists set new benchmarks for investigative reporting, strengthening scrutiny on issues that affect the health and wellbeing of African citizens.”
DEADLINE: April 15, 2016