Wealth of Nations is looking for journalists based anywhere in who are motivated to understand how their country could be losing money via illicit means.

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 or investigations on illicit financial flows
  • A mentoring support scheme that will help produce these stories
  • Intensive training on reporting illicit finance (the first workshops will take place in late November/early December 2017)


  • If selected, you will take part in one intensive (5 days) covering illicit finance, reporting on companies, accounts and budgets, and investigative techniques. Workshops will take place in Kampala or Dakar (TBC).
  • You will propose one or more story ideas that you wish to work on within the scheme – we will provide experienced journalists to help you pursue your stories right up to publication/broadcast
  • Selected participants will receive modest funding to help them realize their stories or investigations; those who are funded may have further opportunities for training
  • You will have exclusive access to expertise through our network of illicit finance experts
  • You will also have access to story ideas and editorial advice and will be invited to share your own expertise with participants from other regions


  • Journalists with at least two years of professional experience
  • It is an advantage if you are familiar with investigative , reporting on finances and/or dealing with numbers more generally. But if you have a strong motivation to learn about and understand these issues then we will consider your application
  • You must be able to spend significant time working on illicit finance stories or investigations
  • Both freelancers and staff journalists may apply. Journalists working for a news organization will need consent from their editor to take part. Freelancers should provide evidence that one or more media organizations 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 be working for one or more African media organizations
  • Journalists applying in 2017 must have fluent English or French. For Arabic-speaking journalists, there will be an opportunity to apply in 2018.

Eligible Regions: African countries


Application Deadline: October 9, 2017

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