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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.

Announcements

Published: 16 Feb 2023

Adeolu Adekola speaks to BBC World Service on OCRI and Nigerian elections

CIJ OCRI Project Manager Adeolu Adekola took part in the BBC World Service Weekend programme on 5 February, discussing among other things the CIJ OCRI Programme and elections in Nigeria. You can hear the discussions below.
Published: 01 Feb 2023

Cross-border investigative stories published as conference on climate change in West Africa holds

After months of training journalists, forging partnership with research institutes and climate study as well as investigative stories field work, CIJ's OCRI partner, the Cell Norbert Zongo for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO) held a public conference on Friday, 20 January 2023 in  Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
Published: 31 Jan 2023

Investigative stories presented as stakeholders discuss mangrove disappearance in Cameroun

Stakeholders from Government agencies, Civil Society Organisations, researchers/academics working on mangrove issues as well as the media were present as Adisi-Cameroun held an Investigative stories presentation and roundtable event.
Published: 22 Dec 2022

Published OCRI supported story draws attention of Nepali authorities

After weeks of field work following the training received in May, the first story supported by OCRI was published in September. The story which was on the Urban Flooding in Kathmandu Valley served as a warning following the devastating effect the Pakistani flood has had, with nearly a third of nearby Pakistan submerged.

People

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.

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 data journalist, trainer and Founder/Executive Director of the Center for Data Journalism Nepal (CDJN). He has been leading various data-driven journalism projects since 2020, including COVID-19 data reporting, Climate Investigations using Open Source Intelligence and Data, and the Use of Data in Public Interest Reporting.

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