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The Centre for Investigative Journalism

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: 20 May 2022

Now open: Registration for data-driven reporting on Green Energy in Africa training

Registration is now open for the first training of the PowerTracker programme implemented by the Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism under the Centre for Investigative Journalism's (CIJ) OCRI project.
Published: 26 Apr 2022

Nepal: Applications open for climate investigations using OSINT and data workshop

Applications are now open for Nepali journalists interested in honing their skills for climate investigations using open source intelligence and data. The Centre for Investigative Journalism under it's Open Climate Reporting Initiative is delighted to announce this opportunity in partnership with the Center for Data Journalism Nepal (CDJN).
Published: 22 Apr 2022

CIJ partners Oxpeckers on OCRI

The Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism is partnering the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) in implementing PowerTracker, a new programme that will collate data on renewable energy projects in Africa being funded by corporations, governments and other parties.

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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