Journalists? Apply for grants to investigate environmental crimes in Africa

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Journalists? Apply for grants to investigate environmental crimes in Africa

Environmental crimes are reported to be among some of the most profitable forms of transnational criminal activity.

They include a broad range of illicit activities not limited to pollution, illegal mining, illegal logging, and wildlife crimes among others.

Going by the INTERPOL-UNEP report 2016, illegal activities that involve the environment, biodiversity, or natural resources are often lucrative and involve comparatively low risks for criminals.

In an effort to curb environmental crimes, the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, in partnership with the Henry Nxumalo Foundation and the Oxpeckers Centre for Investigative Environmental Journalism, is offering grants to journalists to investigate environmental crimes in Africa.

The purpose of the grants is to encourage the exposure of environmental crime of any sort as well as to give African journalists the time and resources to do this kind of reporting. For the less experienced, the organizers may offer them mentors.

Are you a journalist with a keen passion for the environment and its upkeep? If so, here’s your chance to make an impact. If selected, it will be your responsibility to get the material published/broadcast.

Note that you have to indicate to them where you intend to publish/broadcast. An expression of interest from the publisher/broadcaster will assist your application. The work must be completed within four months.


Depending on the scope of the investigation, grants will range from $1 000 to $5 000.

Eligibility criteria

Any journalist or team of journalists may apply, and the work may be done in any medium/media. Your work must

  • Aim to reveal new information;
  • Be in the interest of the public;
  • Be in-depth and investigative in nature using innovative techniques, approaches, or technologies and encourage applications from both experienced and new journalists.
How to apply

To apply for the grant, you must

  • Complete this form
  • Submit a CV, a budget, and where possible an expression of interest from a publisher/broadcaster.

These should be sent to: [email protected]


Submissions close on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.

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