The Centre for Investigative Journalism
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: 25 Nov 2022

Investigative stories presentation and roundtable in Cameroon

OCRI's Anglophone Africa partner, Adisi-Cameroun is hosting an official presentation of the results from the investigative stories and a roundtable on the dangers of mangrove destruction and the consequences as it relates to Climate Change.
Published: 25 Nov 2022


The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 27) was held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 6 to 18 November 2022. Prior to the conference, one of OCRI's Anglophone Africa Partner, the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID)  on November 2, launched a COP reporting handbook for Journalists.
Published: 18 Nov 2022

#PowerTracker: Tips and tools webinar on investigating renewable energy and launch of data

Following the training and publication of stories under the PowerTracker OCRI intervention, our Anglophone Africa partner, Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism is hosting a webinar where the grantees will share tips, tools and advice on investigating renewable energy in Southern Africa.
Published: 18 Nov 2022

OCRI at Climate Change Media Summit and AIJC2022

At this year's African Investigative Journalism Conference #AIJC2022 which ran from October 31 to November 2, our partners from Anglophone and Francophone Africa shared lessons on working with the CIJ as a partner and reaching about 200 journalists, researchers and activists/environmentalists across 19 African countries under OCRI.


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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