A total of 20 journalists have received grants to fund investigative research and reports on corruption, money laundering, noxious assets and cross-border illicit financial flows (IFFs).
The grants were awarded by the Nigeria-based non-profit Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre in collaboration with Cornerhouse, Finance Uncovered, Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism and the UK’s University of Kent.
The project is funded by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and the US-based MacArthur Foundation which has as one of its aims the reduction of corruption in Nigeria.
A statement by HEDA Resource Centre said the grants are to help fund anti-corruption investigative reporting and are designed to empower journalists, activists and citizens as well as actors within the private and public sectors to engage with matters related to accountability, probity and transparency.
The journalists who receive grants are expected to research, monitor and report corruption, money laundering, noxious assets and IFF flows.
At the end of the application process, a total number of 45 applicants expressed interest in the grant and after review by a technical team, 20 applicants were selected for an award.
Journalists were selected based on quality of applications submitted while successful applicants submitted a three-month investigation work-plan and an estimate of its cost.
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