Centre for Collaborative Investigative Journalism (CCIJ) and Cell Norbert Zongo for Investigative Journalism in West Africa (CENOZO) have formed a partnership to strengthen cross-border investigative journalism in West Africa.
Jeff Lowenstein, founder and executive director of CCIJ and David Dembele, chairman of the board of CENOZO, announced this in a joint statement.
CCIJ is a non-profit newsroom with a global focus on investigative reporting and solutions journalism. CENOZO is an organisation committed to boosting investigative journalism through grants, training and mentoring.
The statement reads: “The partnership intends to facilitate joint investigative projects, skill-building initiatives, and the exchange of resources among journalists and editors across the sub-region.
“Specifically, the accord underscores a commitment to mutual cooperation, with an emphasis on transnational investigations, shared knowledge, training programs, co-publications, and the advancement of journalism activities among their respective members.
“By joining forces, CCIJ and CENOZO aim to elevate the standard of investigative journalism by undertaking comprehensive cross-border investigations on topics of common concern.
“Both organizations pledge to maintain an active and consistent collaboration, seeking to foster excellence in the field and contribute to the establishment of more transparent and equitable societies.
“The partnership also aims to foster solidarity between members by promoting shared surveys for publication, thereby maximizing the reach and impact of crucial issues.
“Additionally, the collaboration seeks to identify opportunities for combined funding for cross-border investigative projects and the development of specialized resources catering to investigative journalism.
“The organizations are also set to engage with other entities invested in strengthening investigative journalism across West Africa.
“This broader cooperation aims to cultivate an environment conducive to press freedom and the promotion of integrity in public affairs.”
Speaking on the partnership, Lowenstein said: “I’m excited about what will come from our joint efforts”.
Dembélé said the organisation is dedicated to addressing issues of poor governance and corruption through journalism.
“We know that financial delinquents and other apostles of bad governance have connections and structures with ramifications far beyond our states,” Dembélé said.
“That is why it is important for us to work together to fight every shade and/or appearance of these unhealthy governance practices within our countries, our sub-region, and globally,” he added.