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Middle East and North Africa

01 Apr 2023 - 31 Mar 2024

The CIJ collaborated with 4 partners in the Middle East and North Africa region who were responsible for coordinating and delivering activities including training of participants during the Year 2 period of the project. They are the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), Climate in Arabic, Nas Active Network and Press Accelerate.

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For inquiries or opportunities, contact the Project Manager, Adeolu Adekola at adeolu@tcij.org.

Announcements

Published: 30 Apr 2024

Climate Investigations Course to be delivered in four regions for OCRI Year Three

Following a successful pilot in Nepal and six regions covered in Year 1 and 2, the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) will in its next run cover four regions namely Latin America, Anglophone Africa, Francophone Africa, and South Asia till September 2025.
Published: 05 Apr 2024

What reporting climate change really means: Reflections from the Open Climate Reporting Initiative after two years, six regions and 53 countries

 From April 2022 after months of scoping and ground work, the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London (CIJ) took off with a pilot programme in Nepal.
Published: 19 Mar 2024

More than 60 supported stories published during OCRI Year Two

The second year of implementing the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) by the CIJ has seen the publication of more 60 supported stories across the 3 regions of Brazil and Lusophone Africa, South Asia and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
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: 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: 04 Oct 2023

More Journalists Trained as OCRI Year Two Exceed Year One Numbers

We are now halfway into the second implementing year of OCRI which commenced April 2023 and we are glad that 327 beneficiaries have so far been trained directly across the 3 regions: Brazil & Lusophone Africa, South Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Published: 24 Sep 2023

Press Accelerate Empowers Gulf Region Journalists with Intensive Climate Reporting and Research Workshop

Press Accelerate organised and hosted a groundbreaking online workshop on climate reporting and research aimed at early-career and aspiring journalists and researchers in the Gulf states. The intensive online workshop took place from September 7 to 10 and consisted of three comprehensive modules: Introduction to Journalism in the Gulf Reporting and Research on Climate and the Environment in the Gulf Introduction to Reporting on UNFCC and COP (Conference of the Parties) The virtual workshop was attended by nine dedicated participants, who were selected through a thorough application process and share a deep passion for advancing climate knowledge in the region.
Published: 04 Sep 2023

Investigative climate journalism workshop held in Sudan

The Climate Voice Workshop in Algadarif State, Sudan, was successfully conducted by NasActive, attracting 15 selected participants from a competitive pool of 184 applicants across various states in Sudan.
Published: 03 Aug 2023

Training in 5 countries: Busy Summer for OCRI

OCRI partners across the 3 regions will have different forms of engagement in August as more journalists gain knowledge and skills to report climate change in their countries. First is the #PowerTracker module 2 by Oxpeckers that focuses on Storytelling with data for Mozambican journalists holding August 3 while following a successful call for applications, 20 selected Egyptian Journalists will participate in a 4-day workshop by ClimateInArabic from 17-20 August.
Published: 07 Jul 2023

Call for applications: Climate and Investigative Journalism Fellowship for Egyptian Journalists

ClimateInArabic in partnership with CIJ's Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI), is announcing the launch of its Climate and Investigative Journalism Fellowship for Egyptian journalists who write about climate change and environmental issues.
Published: 29 Jun 2023

Three more OCRI partners emerge for year two

The engagement of two more partners in the MENA region and one in South Asia wraps up the inception stage for the implementation of OCRI year 2. This brings the total number of partners in the three regions to ten.
Published: 08 Jun 2023

OCRI training across regions commence in June

Some partners will kick off training across the three OCRI Year 2 regions. The first training holds 15-16 June in Jordan by the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Published: 08 Jun 2023

Investigating and building a network of active Journalists reporting climate change in Egypt

At least 15 journalists from 10 governorates in Egypt will be trained with a handful others supported to execute climate change investigative stories in Arabic as the Centre for Investigative Journalism partners Climate in Arabic under it's Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI).
Published: 04 May 2023

CIJ and ARIJ partner on OCRI

The Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) is partnering the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) in implementing the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for year two.
Published: 31 Mar 2023

OCRI Year two kicks off as impactful Year one ends

The last twelve months of implementing the Open Climate Reporting Initiative (OCRI) of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ) has been an impactful one and has provided the springboard to achieve more as we go into working in three new regions of the world namely Brazil & Lusophone Africa, South Asia and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).
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.

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