The International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, Abuja, is calling on interested journalists to apply for its capacity building training for investigative journalists in the area of budget and procurement.
This is in furtherance of the centre’s mission which is to promote good governance in Nigeria by publishing objective and well investigated reports.
ICIR is partnering with the Public and Private Development Centre, PPDC, in this project which is aimed at equipping Nigerian journalists with the know-how to better scrutinise and report budgetary and procurement issues, in order to create more transparency and accountability in the public sector.
The project is courtesy of a three-year grant from the MacArthur Foundation, as part of efforts to promote accountability and transparency and assist in the fight against corruption, which is one of the cardinal programmes of the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Divided into two phases, the project involves providing training for up to 30 (15 Abuja based and 15 from other parts of the country) Nigerian journalists over a three-year period.
The first phase, which was for Abuja based journalists, has just been concluded. The second phase, which will bring 15 journalists from across the country, is now open to practicing journalists in print, electronic and new/digital media who are not Abuja based.
Freelance reporters who are interested in Investigative Journalism can also partake in the project as long as they have a guarantee of getting their reports published in a news outlet.
Please note that Abuja-based journalists CANNOT apply for this training.
The training workshops, three in all for each cohort, is to build participants’ skills in Investigative Journalism, Data Journalism and Infrographics, Procurement Tracking, Monitoring and Fraud investigation, among others.
Participating journalists will also undergo an internship with the PPDC, during which they will learn practical skills in tracking, monitoring and analysing contracts and procurement processes.
The project will also provide funding for the journalists to work with the ICIR and appointed mentors to undertake investigative reporting projects on critical sectors of the economy, with particular focus on procurement and contracting processes.
Editors of newspapers would also be invited to nominate candidates for the project but nominees will have to go through a screening process to qualify.
“The primary objective of the project is to help equip journalists in Nigeria with up-to-date knowledge of Investigative Journalism as well as to help cash-strapped newsrooms to undertake critical watchdog reporting that can make government accountable to the people,” said Dayo Aiyetan, the Executive Director of the ICIR.
“The focus on budgetary, procurement and contracting processes is informed by the reality that most of the looting of government kitty is done during contracting and procurement processes.
“We want to equip journalists with knowledge and skills that would enable them properly scrutinise and report activities of government, particularly the contracting processes through which money meant for development is stolen,” he added.
He added that the project would not only build the capacity of the journalists as it would also “appoint mentors for them, provide funds and work with them to do investigative reports on critical areas.”
Deadline for application and nomination for the training is June 5, 2017.
Interested journalists can apply on our application platform here
The International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, is an independent, non-profit investigative reporting news agency which aims to use watchdog reporting to promote transparency and accountability in the Nigeria.
The Centre’s central mission is to popularise a culture of investigative reporting across newsrooms by building the capacity of journalists to do incisive, critical reporting.
Last year, the centre concluded the Nigerian Investigative Reporting Project, NIRP, a two-year project supported by Ford Foundation which helped train more than 80 journalists in Investigative and Data Journalism.
The Centre runs its own news website @ www.icirnigeria.org.
The Public and Private Development Centre, PPDC, is a nongovernmental organization that advocates for open data and transparency in procurement processes in Nigeria. With its work in the last 10 years, the PPDC has become Nigeria’s most respected procurement-monitoring agency.
The PPDC seeks to increase the participation of citizens in procurement governance in a way that prevents corruption and in the last 10 years worked actively on procurement governance issues.
To enable journalists report more on procurement processes and link these to public services, PPDC uses the Budeshi platform to also empower reporters in linking expenditure to public infrastructure and services.
Editor’s Note: This story was edited after publication. Initially, the application deadline was erroneously written as June 12, 2017. We regret the error.