New grants available for data driven development reporting


impactAFRICA, Africa’s largest fund for data driven investigative storytelling, has launched its second call for proposals.

The fund has 10 grants available to support investigative projects by journalists in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia.

The initiative is part of impactAFRICA's $500,000 programme that aims to facilitate engaging and innovative reportage of development issues, like public healthcare, water, sanitation, and climate change - to name a few.

“Development issues are important, but are often reported in a boring way. What we’re looking for is compelling storytelling, told in an original way, that uses digital technologies for improved audience engagement,” says impactAFRICA director, Justin Arenstein.

“You could also use data to personalise or localise stories but, most importantly, we’re looking for journalism that creates impact.”

From the applicants, ten semi-finalists will be chosen, and each will attend a StoryCamp to refine their project plans. Each finalist will then receive cash grants up to a maximum of $20,000 along with additional support from technologists and editorial experts to help produce their projects.

impactAFRICA grants are open to applicants from across the globe, but teams must include members from their target country, to ensure local context and local involvement in the storytelling.

The deadline for pitches is 11 November 2016.

Find out more on the impactAFRICA website here.