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Open Climate Reporting Initiative

The Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) is an initiative of the CIJ. It focuses on raising the standard of environmental investigations to enable thoroughly researched public interest reporting and evidence-based advocacy through training and skill-sharing with target audiences across six different regions between April 2022 and March 2024 for its first run. OCRI is providing the necessary tools, techniques and expertise to:

  • Investigate and expose wrongdoing
  • Research and quantify accurate pictures of the situation and the impact of other efforts
  • Craft meaningful stories which garner support for changes in policy, regulation or economic actors’ decisions

Following a successful pilot in Nepal, three regions were covered for Year 1 (April 2022 to March 2023) of the project. They are Latin America (excluding Brazil), Anglophone Africa and Francophone Africa. Brazil & Lusophone Africa, South Asia and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) were the Year 2 regions (April 2023 to March 2024).

The next iteration of OCRI running till September 2025 will deliver a Climate Investigations Course in four regions namely Latin America, Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa and South Asia. Read more.

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OCRI: Footprints Around the World

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Announcements

Published: 30 Apr 2024

Climate Investigations Course to be delivered in four regions for OCRI Year Three

Following a successful pilot in Nepal and six regions covered in Year 1 and 2, the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) will in its next run cover four regions namely Latin America, Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa, and South Asia till September 2025.
Published: 05 Apr 2024

What reporting climate change really means: Reflections from the Open Climate Reporting Initiative after two years, six regions and 53 countries

 From April 2022 after months of scoping and ground work, the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London (CIJ) took off with a pilot programme in Nepal.
Published: 19 Mar 2024

More than 60 supported stories published during OCRI Year Two

The second year of implementing the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) by the CIJ has seen the publication of more 60 supported stories across the 3 regions of Brazil and Lusophone Africa, South Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Published: 18 Dec 2023

2023 OCRI Highlights: Facilitating Real World Actions!

2023 has been a rollercoaster year for the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) at the CIJ! We built on a successful Year One (April 2022 – March 2023) and moved into 3 new regions for Year Two that runs till March 2024.
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Adeolu Adekola – Project Manager

Adeolu joined the CIJ to manage its Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI). The initiative has reached beneficiaries in 53 countries (across Africa, Asia and the Americas), with reported successes that have included making communities more climate-resilient, and reducing the vulnerabilities of local populations to climate change.

Irving Huerta – Regional Coordinator, Latin America (LATAM)

Irving Huerta is a journalist and an academic. He was the first CIJ and Forensic Architecture Gavin MacFadyen Investigative Fellow for the Project ‘Plataforma Ayotzinapa’ on the enforced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico in 2014.

Maxime Koami Domegni – Regional Coordinator, Francophone Africa

Based in Dakar Senegal, Maxime is the Francophone Africa Editor for the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). He is a journalist with years of experience in investigative journalism. Maxime has worked in, and collaborated with, a number of different media organisations, including the CIJ’s Francophone Africa Investigative Practice programme held in February 2022.

Akintunde Babatunde – Regional Coordinator, Anglophone Africa

Akintunde is a Programme Manager with extensive experience in international development, public policy, civic technology, climate change, and media innovation. He is the Director of Programs at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) and the OCRI regional coordinator for Anglophone Africa.

Alice de Souza – Regional Coordinator, Brazil & Lusophone Africa and LATAM

Alice is a Brazilian journalist with multiple national and international awards, including the Vladimir Herzog and One World Media. A researcher at the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (Abraji), she is also a freelance reporter, working with OSINT and digital investigations.

Lina Yassin – Regional Coordinator, Middle East & North Africa (MENA)

A Sudanese climate journalism and development consultant, Lina has experience working on climate change communications and journalism projects across the MENA region. She worked for 5 years as the Operations Manager at Climate Tracker where she implemented a series of journalism fellowships and training on climate change and climate policy across different countries.

Arun Karki – Regional Coordinator, South Asia

Based in Nepal, Arun is a leading data journalist, trainer and the founder of the Center for Data Journalism Nepal (CDJN). Since 2020, he has spearheaded various data-driven reporting projects, including COVID-19 data reporting and climate investigations, employing open-source intelligence.

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