The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

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: 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.
Published: 12 Dec 2023

Bilingual resource pack with #PowerTracker Mozambique findings and sources

Under the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI), Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism has launched a resource pack about #PowerTracker: Investigating renewable energy across Mozambique. The document, in English and Portuguese, brings the sources and findings regarding two webinars about how to investigate renewable energy in Mozambique and three investigations published in 2023.
Published: 07 Dec 2023

Climate in Arabic Announces Webinar Series for Journalists

Climate in Arabic is organising an insightful series of three webinars for journalists in Egypt. Following the success of the workshop hosted last August, these webinars, starting on November 24th, 2023, mark a continuation of the organisation's efforts to enhance journalists' understanding of climate change and its complex interconnections while implementing the CIJs OCRI project.
Published: 16 Nov 2023

OCRI feature through five sessions at #CodaBr2023

OCRI is at the 8th edition of the Brazilian Conference on Data Journalism and Digital Methods (Coda.Br) in partnership with Open Knowledge Brasil (OKBR) as part of activities planned for Year Two in the form of four training workshops and a panel talk.


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 in west Africa.

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 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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