2021 • 3 years • On Nigeria
Established in 2005, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ), named after Africa's first recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature, is committed to promoting investigative reporting as a tool for achieving transparent and accountable governance in Nigeria. The previous award to WSCIJ on investigative reporting led to 18 positive responses in the forms of policy changes, government administrative interventions, and dispute resolutions. With this final award, WSCIJ consolidates its anti-corruption and accountability investigative reporting work and supporting media organizations working at the state and local levels. WSCIJ is subgranting to more than 25 community-focused media organizations and startups to strengthen data-driven investigative reporting, anti-corruption, and accountability at Nigeria's subnational levels. In addition, WSCIJ is promoting safety and protection for journalists and journalism organizations by strengthening safety awareness, security planning, and cybersecurity. The award is expected to contribute to improvements in response to corruption, accountability, transparency, participation, and protection of the civic space. This award is part of a package of two new media and journalism grants for improving the sustainability and resilience of the Nigerian media. WSCIJ is collaborating with other Foundation grantees to implement this project.
2020 • 3 months • On Nigeria
Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism is a non-profit focused on promoting investigative reporting as a tool for achieving accountable governance in Nigeria. It began operations in 2005 with a mission to expose corruption, regulatory failures, and human-rights violations through capacity development, rewarding best practices, knowledge creation, research, advocacy, and collaboration with key stakeholders. The COVID-19 Reality Check project will track the delivery of social services intended to relieve local communities from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also examine government interventions and promises in relation to the realities on the ground on issues such as social welfare, water and sanitation, economics, security, food availability and accessibility, education, and electric power supply. It will amplify reporting on corruption; convene a virtual meeting to discuss sustainable business models amid the pandemic; and celebrate reporters who have distinguished themselves in investigative reporting. WSCIJ will have a dedicated a staff that will lead the dissemination of reports on their website and via social media. These efforts will provide citizens with information to hold government accountable.
2019 • 2 years • On Nigeria
Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is an organization focused on promoting investigative reporting as a tool for achieving accountable governance in Nigeria. WSCIJ began operations in 2005 with a mission to expose corruption, regulatory failures, and human-rights violations through capacity development, rewarding best practices, knowledge creation, research, advocacy, and collaboration with key stakeholders. This renewal helps WSCIJ deepen its investigative reporting on corruption in the education and electricity sectors. It includes two new activities: designing strategic reporting models and modules for education and electricity reporting and conducting detailed monitoring to better understand the subject matter. The award also supports WSCIJ to develop a 13-episode radio show to amplify and improve the reach and impact of investigative stories. The project contributes to strengthening the training and practice of investigative and data-driven journalism, curbing corruption, and promoting accountability.
2016 • 3 years • On Nigeria
Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization with social justice programs aimed at exposing corruption, regulatory failures, and human rights abuses with investigative journalism.
With this award, WSCIJ is piloting a new media initiative, Regulators Monitoring Program (REMOP), to monitor regulatory agencies in the country. REMOP uses media, including investigative journalism, to report on regulators' activities—including successes and failures—to promote proactive disclosure of information, transparency, and accountability. REMOP is designed to cover all regulatory agencies across the country; the initial pilot is concentrating on regulators in the education and electricity sectors. REMOP strengthens the capacity of practicing and trainee journalists to employ investigative and data-driven journalism and to report on regulators' activities in the education and electricity sectors.
The project contributes to expanding the network of investigative journalists and promoting the culture of investigative work in Nigeria's media. WSCIJ is coordinating with other Foundation grantees to implement the project.