Strengthening Media's Oversight of the Extractives Sector in Ghana and Uganda

The proposed project aims to continue addressing the knowledge and skills gap amongst journalists, increase the quantity and quality of coverage of extractive-related issues, and develop mechanisms for media capacity building on extractive governance that are scalable and sustainable in these countries, and positioned for use in others.

Following the success of the pilot, Tanzania will be brought on board in the next phase of the program. As in Ghana and Uganda, NRGI has over the last several years established strong partnerships with civil society and the parliament in Tanzania through technical assistance and capacity building efforts. The media program is therefore an ideal opportunity to link the three countries and their oversight institutions in order to multiply their individual strengths into a collective impact on the governance of their extractive industries.

The project will execute two main strategies to build the capacity of the media:

  • Provide integrated support to three classes of fifteen to eighteen journalists over the three-year project lifespan (the current proposal covers second year project activities). Each class will be supported for six months, through a combination of training, mentoring and possible financial support, as well as networking to key civil society, parliamentarians and experts. In each class, at least two-third of participants will be from Ghana and Uganda. The remainder may be journalists with extremely high potential from other African resource-rich countries including Tanzania and possibly Nigeria and others.
  • Develop the capacity of media and training organisations at the national, regional and international levels through partnerships with NRGI, so that they have the tools and skills needed to continue and expand extractive-related capacity building for journalists.

Related Grants

Title Year Amount
Strengthening Media's Oversight of the Extractives Sector in Ghana and Uganda 2013 $69,790
Strengthening Media's Oversight of the Extractives Sector in Ghana and Uganda 2013 $144,420