The truth is gold.
No matter if it was buried or locked up for long, you find it the way it was. (Fula proverb)
We want OPEN data, TRANSPARENCY, ACCOUNTABILITY, INTEGRITY.
The Cell Norbert Zongo for Investigative Journalism in West Africa is a groundbreaking project for data and cross-boarding investigation in the region inspired in the figure of one of the most emblematic journalist of all times in West Africa, Norbert Zongo.
We aim strengthen the capacities of investigative journalists in the region through training, mentoring, grants, networking, legal advice, technical support for investigations, and provision of a publication platform.
With experience in areas such as terrorism, human rights violations and corruption, as a network of more than 40 journalist across the region, we are putting all our effort on this to contribute to open a whole new chapter for data and investigative journalism in the region.
Our focus is divided in 3 major areas:
Training: It's important to increase the abilities of local journalist in areas such as: security, legal affairs, financial flows, transparency, access to information, data journalism and investigative techniques.
This follows three lines:
Providing logistic support for our partner investigating in the region.
Supporting individual investigations: providing either financial resources such as grants or with technical support (mining data, analysis, etc)
Coordinating regional investigations from the core of CENOZO team to the journalist network.
Civic society partnerships.
We consider the investigation efforts are a team sport. If we want to end up changing our environment is important to us to collaborate and advocate for transparency and open government initiatives; create strong relations with anticorruption organizations and researchers.