ICIR-MACARTHUR

The International Centre for Investigative Reporting, ICIR, is one of the 9 media organisations that will receive a total of $5 million dollars from the MacArthur Foundation to strengthen their capacity to advance transparency and anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria.

A press release issued by the Foundation said that the grants are part of its programmes in Nigeria aimed at creating a new atmosphere of accountability and good governance in the country by strengthening Nigerian-led anti-corruption efforts and reducing retail or “petty” corruption in key sectors.

According to the statement, the grants seek to strengthen investigative and data-driven journalism in Nigeria and to reinforce the role played by independent media and citizens in revealing and documenting corruption.

“The grants will support a range of projects, including trainings for journalists on investigative field work and data-driven reporting, assistance for independent media organizations working to develop sustainable business models, and initiatives to monitor and report on Nigerian regulatory agencies in key sectors,” the press release read.