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The OCR Project Page

The Open Contract Reporting project OCR is an accountability project of the International Centre for Investigative Reporting ICIR implemented in collaboration with the Public and Private Development Centre PPDC. The project draws from the theory of change of the Centre, which promotes the culture of investigative journalism across newsrooms and media houses in the country and encourages accountability, transparency and good governance in the public sector through critical watchdog reporting.

Executive Director, The ICIR

In the last five years, the Centre has embarked on the OCR project strengthening the capacity of journalists on investigative and data journalism across newsrooms in the country to promote public accountability, especially in the budget and procurement processes at the federal, state and local government levels.

In the last five years, the Centre has embarked on the OCR project strengthening the capacity of journalists on investigative and data journalism across newsrooms in the country to promote public accountability, especially in the budget and procurement processes at the federal, state and local government levels.

The first phase of the project, a three-year programme, examined budget and procurement issues in the public sector at the federal level to expose corruption and wrongdoing and consequently strengthen the accountability processes.

Group picture at the OCR Advance Training, 2018

The project’s second phase targets young journalists from media houses at the community and grassroots level in all six regions. The essence is to focus reporting on the state and local government where corruption is very endemic to enhance state public accountability processes and improve access to social amenities and citizens’ standard of living.

Group picture at the Experience Sharing, 2021

Components of the project include training, internship, mentoring, investigations and publications.

With the OCR project, we have improved the capacity of many young journalists who are now using the acquired skills to do incredible investigative stories thereby improving the practice of investigative journalism in the media ecosystem. We have also positively impacted communities and contributed to sectoral policy reforms at the state and federal government level.

Projects

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OPEN CONTRACT REPORTING PROJECT 1

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OPEN CONTRACT REPORTING PROJECT 2

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OPEN CONTRACT REPORTING PROJECT 3
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