The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced nine grants totaling $6.3 million in support of investigative journalism initiatives aimed at advancing anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria.
Awarded through the On Nigeria program, which supports Nigerian-led efforts to address corruption through greater transparency, accountability, and civic participation, the grants are designed to bolster investigative and data-driven journalism in the country and strengthen the role played by independent media and citizens in documenting and addressing corruption. Projects to be supported by the grants include investigative field training for journalists, technical assistance for independent media organizations working to develop sustainable business models, and the development of new platforms designed to increase the reach and effectiveness of investigative journalism in Nigeria.
Grant recipients include OYA Media in Lagos, which will ramp up its investigative reporting and convene policy makers and citizens to discuss critical issues in the country and come up with solutions; Bayero University, Kano, which will use its grant to establish a television station and enhance training and learning opportunities for investigative journalists; and the Tiger Eye Social Foundation in Accra, Ghana, in support of investigative journalism training and ongoing investigations of potential corruption.
"These organizations have proven that media, citizens, and advocates can play an important watchdog role to guard against corruption in Nigeria," said Kole Shettima, director of the foundation's Nigeria office. "With this continued support of key journalism and media organizations, we hope to strengthen transparency, empower independent voices, and hold authorities to account."
For more information on the grantees, see the MacArthur Foundation website.