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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 (and Lusophone Africa), South Asia and North Africa/Middle East (MENA) have been identified as the regions for Year 2 (April 2023 to March 2024). Read more.


Published: 01 Jun 2023

CIJ and Oxpeckers continue PowerTracker partnership in Lusophone Africa

For the second year, the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is partnering with the Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism in implementing the #PowerTracker programme under the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI). The partnership is building on the successes recorded during the first Year of implementing OCRI in Anglophone Africa by focusing this time on the Lusophone Africa region.
Published: 16 May 2023

Training-of-trainers application open for Indian Journalists as CIJ partner DataLEADS

DataLEADS invites applications for a climate reporting training bootcamp as part of activities planned under the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) for Indian Journalists. Successful applicants will be part of a 2-day training-of-trainers workshop holding in June which intends to improve knowledge of the importance of reporting on climate change and the effect that such reporting can have on addressing the urgent questions connected to climate change that have a substantial impact on policy making.
Published: 04 May 2023

CIJ and ARIJ partner on OCRI

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is partnering the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) in implementing the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for year two.
Published: 31 Mar 2023

OCRI Year two kicks off as impactful Year one ends

The last twelve months of implementing the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) has been an impactful one and has provided the springboard to achieve more as we go into working in three new regions of the world namely Brazil & Lusophone Africa, South Asia and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).


Adeolu Adekola – Project Manager

Adeolu joined the CIJ to manage its Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI). Through his decade-long experience in project management, information technology, accountability in governance, civic engagement and investigative journalism, Adeolu has successfully facilitated media training and investigative story projects covering a wide range of big issues from education to migration and health.

Irving Huerta – Regional Coordinator, Latin America

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 currently the Director of Programs at the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development.

Alice de Souza – Regional Coordinator, Brazil & Lusophone Africa

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 data journalist, trainer and Founder/Executive Director of the Center for Data Journalism Nepal (CDJN). He has been leading various data-driven journalism projects since 2020, including COVID-19 data reporting, Climate Investigations using Open Source Intelligence and Data, and the Use of Data in Public Interest Reporting.

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