Applications open for the Kleptocracy Project Part II

Kleptocracy Project

DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 ― ZAM, in conjunction with its partner network of African investigative journalists, is looking to dissect the kleptocracies in Part II of its Kleptocracy Project.

In Part I, ZAM and its partner network of African investigative journalists delved into the international associates of Africa’s kleptocrats and into the failing state structures that are connected to kleptocratic practices.

In Part II, ZAM wants to dissect the kleptocracies themselves. Corruption is the system, as they say, but what systems, exactly, are these? How do they work? How is it possible that scandal after scandal, exposure after exposure, continue to leave intact the mechanisms of theft from states and disservice to Africa’s citizens?

The worldwide COVID 19 crisis has exposed ever more starkly how citizens suffer when their governments have used state resources and structures for political elite benefit instead of for services, such as water, roads, and clinics.

“Like a tectonic storm, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to shatter the foundations of states and institutions whose profound failings have been ignored for too long,” a group of 100 African intellectuals wrote last April in an open letter to Africa’s leaders.

They listed “chronic under-investment in public health and fundamental research, limited achievements in food self-sufficiency, the mismanagement of public finances,” among others.

ZAM and its partners call for stories that investigate the systems of corruption. Whether these are international crime syndicates or unethical businesses bribing their way; local authorities inviting such bribes; malafide/overpriced expenditure of state budgets; malicious administration to facilitate such practices; the promotion of the incompetent to hide these, mismanagement of development aid, or all of the above, our editors (based in Amsterdam, South Africa, Germany/Nigeria, Uganda, Mali and Cameroon) want to hear from you.

Winning stories will be published in ZAM and be rewarded with a fee of US$ 2000.00 (all-in, including expenses) each after acceptance.




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Climate journalism mentorship programme for young professionals

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Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Centre Fellowship for scholars and writers

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Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge 2020

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Apply for $1000 SJN solutions journalism grant

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