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Open Climate Reporting Initiative

The Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) is a new initiative from 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. OCRI will provide 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

Three regions have been identified for Year 1 (April 2022 to March 2023) of the project. They are Latin America (excluding Brazil), Anglophone Africa and Francophone Africa. Read more.


Published: 30 Jun 2022

OCRI trainers in Cameroon head to a planning workshop

In Cameroun, trainers who will be involved in the implementation of the Open Data for Environment and Civic Awareness project under OCRI are meeting for a planning and curriculum development workshop on July 4 and 5, in Douala, the economic capital of the country.
Published: 29 Jun 2022

Investigating climate change: First OCRI training for journalists in Francophone Africa held

CIJ's partner and West-Africa-based investigative journalism network CENOZO, organised its first climate change reporting training on June 23 and 24, under the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) project.
Published: 24 Jun 2022

Investigating climate change: Training and grant opportunity for journalists in Senegal, Niger and Côte d’Ivoire

The Centre for Investigative Journalism's partner on the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) project, Institut Panos Afrique de l’Ouest, has launched a call for applications to journalists in Senegal, Niger and Côte d'Ivoire who are interested in investigative reporting on climate issues.
Published: 09 Jun 2022

Call for applications to participate in the PowerTracker programme

Following a successful introductory module session, applications are now open for interested journalists in Southern Africa to participate in the PowerTracker programme of the Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism.

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

Maxime 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 Deputy Director (Development) of the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development.

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