Thomson Reuters Foundation Africa Grants on Illicit Finance Reporting

Thomson Reuters Foundation Africa Grants on Illicit Finance Reporting

Thomson Reuters Foundation Africa Grants on Illicit Finance Reporting

Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism, is looking for journalists based anywhere in Africa who are motivated to understand how their country could be losing money via illicit means.

The wealth of Nations is a long-term engagement, and journalists who take part must commit to all elements of the scheme, signing an agreement to this effect.

These elements include:

  • The production of stories on illicit financial flows
  • A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories
  • Intensive training on reporting illicit finance with a workshop from 22 – 23 October
  • Attendance of a two-day conference related to illicit financial flows in Cape Town as part of the workshop
  • Journalists will not be considered to have completed the scheme until they have completed all the elements, which include producing at least one story on illicit financial flows and will not receive their certificates until this point.


  • If selected, applicants will take part in one intensive workshop (5 days) covering illicit finance, reporting on companies, accounts and budgets, and investigative techniques.
  • The Workshop will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • During the workshop, applicants will also attend a two-day conference related to illicit financial flows. Being at the conference will allow applicants access to leading experts on illicit financial flows.
  • Applicants will propose one or more story ideas that applicant wish to work on within the scheme – they will provide experienced journalists to help applicants pursue their stories right up to publication/broadcast.
  • Applicants will have exclusive access to expertise through their network of illicit finance experts.
  • Applicants will also have access to story ideas and editorial advice, and will be invited to share their own expertise with participants from other regions.


  • Successful applicants will receive a full bursary that will cover air travel expenses (economy class), accommodation, local transfers and meals.

    Please note that applicants need to check visa requirements and ensure applicants have the necessary documentation required.

    The cost of their visa and any other related costs will be the responsibility of the participant.

  • If applicants should be selected for the mentoring programme, the maximum story grant they can provide is USD 500.

    Please note that grants awarded vary depending on the anticipated resources required to complete the story.

    Any proposed costs without a detailed explanation will not be considered.

    Eligibility Criteria

  • Journalists with at least two years of professional experience and fluent English.
  • It is an advantage if applicant are familiar with investigative journalism, reporting on finances and/or dealing with numbers more generally, but if applicants have a strong motivation to learn about and understand these issues then they will consider their application.

    Early-career journalists are invited to apply.

  • Applicant must be able to spend significant time working on illicit finance stories.
  • Both freelancers and staff journalists may apply.

    Journalists working for a news organisation will need consent from their editor to take part.

    Freelancers should provide evidence that one or more media organisations will be willing to take their work.

  • Journalists working in any medium or multiple media are welcome to apply (print, online, radio or television).
  • Journalists should be based in Africa and working for one or more African media organisations.
  • Journalists applying must have fluent English.

    How to Apply

    Applicants can apply online through the given website.

    Apply by 13th August.

    For more information and application details, see; Thomson Reuters Foundation Africa Grants on Illicit Finance Reporting

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