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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: 12 Aug 2022

Journalists from five countries for #PowerTracker

One of CIJ's Anglophone Africa partners on the OCRI project Oxpeckers Center for Investigative Environmental Journalism has announced the #PowerTracker journalists participating in its latest project aimed at investigating financing of renewable energy projects.
Published: 28 Jul 2022

Investigating climate change and environmental crime in Uganda

CALL FOR PITCHES! OCRI Anglophone Africa partner, African Institute for Investigative Journalism (AIIJ) invites Journalists based in Uganda with investigative story ideas on climate change and environmental crime to apply and send in their story pitches.
Published: 22 Jul 2022

Second webinar on Investigative Journalism about Climate Change takes place

The second webinar, organised by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and Fundacion Gabo as part of the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI), took place on Thursday 21 July, on ‘Digital Tools for Investigations on Climate Change’.
Published: 21 Jul 2022

Climate change media fellowship in West Africa

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID), in partnership with The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), is hosting its climate change media fellowship. The fellowship features training and mentorship opportunities, access to data and resources, and media appearances on topical climate change issues.


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

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