The Centre for Investigative Journalism
The Centre for Investigative Journalism

Investigating Covid Contracts

The COVID-19 response has put a spotlight on health sector spending, be it protective equipment for front-line staff, vaccines, or medicines. Globally, US $13 trillion is spent on contracts with private companies each year and spending on health is one of the largest areas – and also one of the most opaque.

This free session explores tactics and tools to investigate public procurement and provides tips for identifying red flags and monitoring public data provided by the government. Georg Neumann from the Open Contracting Partnership will look at case studies from the health sector, as well as help you explore the data published from 9 countries on their platform at

This course is part of the #CIJSummer Investigative Journalism Conference 2021.

Date: 7 July 2021
Time: 12:00 till 13:30 (BST London, UK time).
Group size: max 25 people.
Class duration: 1hr 30min x 1 times a day x 1 day
Level of participation: high, with regular Q&A sections

Technical Requirements

This course will need you to have the following software/apps/tools on your computer:

Zoom app
Camera and audio
This course will be hosted on Zoom. To find out more about how we use Zoom, please check out our Zoom InfoSec page.

Georg Neumann

Georg Neumann heads communications at the Open Contracting Partnership. Previously, he led on digital and strategic communications at the Inter-American Development Bank and at Transparency International.
  • 7 July 2021 12.00–13.30 British Summer Time (GMT+1)
British Summer Time (GMT+1)
Location: Zoom meeting
7 July 2021

Aleph: the Tool that Turns Data into Leads

This free session is designed to give you an introduction to Aleph, the tool that turns data into leads.

5 July 2021 Deforestation and Supply-Chain Investigations

At this free workshop, you’ll learn about the importance of covering forest-risk commodity trading, the impacts of the production of key commodities

8 July 2021

A Beginner’s Guide to Using the OpenCorporates API to Power Your Investigation

Need to search for companies and their directors at scale to support your investigations? Simply use the OpenCorporates API. Attend this free beginners' tutorial designed to equip you with the basics you need to access company data across 140 jurisdictions as structured data.