impactAFRICA announces 12 new data journalism grant winners


Twelve investigative data journalism projects that tackle African development challenges will jointly receive USD 150,000 in reporting grants along with additional editorial and technology support as part of impactAFRICA’s second cohort of grantees.

The projects, covering six African countries, will tackle a variety of data driven investigations, from the experience of mental illness in Nigeria to the shortage of family planning facilities in Tanzania’s rural areas, as well as an investigative multimedia project that will investigate the unreported practice of ritual and sexual servitude forced on women in Ghana.

“The investigative stories for this round are powerful investigations that reveal the plight and challenges African citizens face. By supporting the production of these kinds of stories, we hope to assist journalists in changing lives,” said Haji Mohamed Dawjee, impactAFRICA's programme manager.

An independent jury, composed of African and global media experts, helped select the final eight winners from 40 shortlisted semi-finalists, representing Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

The winning projects are:

  • The Cost of Mental Illness: Highlighting the plight of people with mental illness in Nigeria and scrutinising government spending on treatment (Ogechi Ekeanyanwu for The Cable, Nigeria)
  • Investigation Trokosi in Ghana: A multimedia storytelling project dedicated to investigating the underreported issue of women and girls subjected to ritual and sexual servitude (Angela Robson for BBC World Service, Ghana)
  • Foreign Aid Failure: A participatory journalism project offering Kenyans the opportunity to report foreign aid that has failed communities (Peter DiCampo for Capital FM and Echo Mobile in Kenya)
  • Wilting in Bloom: The impact of poor wages on the women flower farmers in Kenya (Patrick Kibet Rono for The Standard Group in Kenya)
  • Wasting the Land: Nigeria has amassed a $22 billion food import bill while over 50 million hectares of land wastes away (Kunle Falayi for PunchNigeria in Nigeria)
  • Capturing the Cacao Farms of Ghana: A story that investigates how illegal miners are stealing cacao farms through forced entry (Basiru Adam for Business & Financial Times in Ghana)
  • The Scale of Rape in South Africa: Documenting the scale of rape through self-collected data and campaigning journalism to motivate for specific policy changes across clinics and police stations in South Africa (Vinayak Bhardwaj for Health-e-News in South Africa)
  • When the Mad Manager is Angry: An exploration of mental health care in Ghana (Mark Boye for Ghanaweb in Ghana)
  • Kaduna Village: Chemical Waste & Rising Infertility (Misbahu Bashir for The Daily Trust Newspaper in Nigeria)
  • Chokers: Getting a grip on counterfeit medication (Stellar Murumba for Business Daily Africa in Kenya)
  • The Profit of Pollution (Kihu Irimu for synkratos.com in Kenya)
  • Eating Infected Meat (Kikiope Oluwarore for The Cable in Nigeria)

The winners will each receive a cash grant of up to USD 20,000, as well as support from Code for Africa’s technology and data journalism laboratories across the continent. The African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) will also help winners syndicate the resulting digital stories into a range of leading African and wider world media.

Find out more on impactAFRICA's website here