The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced nine grants totaling $5 million in support of journalism and media programs aimed at advancing anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria.
Awarded through the foundation's On Nigeria program, the grants are designed to strengthen investigative and data-driven journalism in the African nation and reinforce the role played by independent media and citizens in identifying and documenting corruption. Recipients include Bayero University in Kano, in support of efforts to improve the training of and learning opportunities for the next generation of investigative journalists; the Cable Newspaper Journalism Foundation in Lagos, in support of investigative journalism projects and efforts to educate the public about issues related to corruption, with a focus on the country's electricity and education sectors; and the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism in Abuja.
Through its Nigeria program, the foundation works to support efforts to address corruption and the lack of accountability that have posed major governance challenges in Nigeria, with far-reaching impacts on economic development in the country and the well-being of Nigerians.
"Media and citizens are playing an increasingly active and important watchdog role in Nigeria," said MacArthur Foundation Nigeria Office director Kole Shettima. "With this support we hope to contribute to a culture of investigation and transparency, in which authorities are held accountable and independent voices are empowered to monitor, detect, and report on issues of corruption."
For more information on the nine grantees, see the MacArthur Foundation website.