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How we are funded
Africa Check is a non-profit organisation set up to promote accuracy in public debate. Our funding comes primarily from grants from major donor organisations, supplemented by individual donations from members of the public who support our work, and income from research and training services.
We welcome support from organisations across the political spectrum.
Africa Check runs on a financial year from the end of June. An independently-audited financial report showing revenue and expenditure for our first full year of operation, June 2012 to June 2013, will be posted here once completed.
Major donors 2012
The seed funding for the project was provided by the Vienna based International Press Institute which named Africa Check in April 2012 as one of the 14 winners of its IPI News Innovation Contest. The funding for the contest was provided by Google.
Major donors 2013
- African News Innovation Challenge
We also received funding for 2013 from the African News Innovation Challenge, the continent’s largest fund for newsroom experimentation, helping African media prepare for a digital future, which named Africa Check as one of 20 winners of the challenge in November 2012.
The funders of the ANIC initiative in 2012 were: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, the International Centre for Journalists, the Knight Foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Omidyar Networks, the US State Department and the World Association of Newspapers (WAN-IFRA).
- Open Society Foundations
The Open Society Foundation for South Africa providing funding for Africa Check for 2013, supporting the operation and development of the project. Further funding has been agreed for 2013/14 by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, to enable us to expand our work outside South Africa in 2013 and the first half of 2014, and by the Foundation Open Society Institute, to assist in website development. All are part of the Open Society Foundations.
- Africa Check readers
We have also received funding from members of the public who wish to support our work. We welcome all such support.
Additional support for the project
The AFP Foundation is the non-profit media development arm of the international news agency AFP. The Foundation was set up in 2007 to provide training, join efforts to raise media standards and support press freedom in developing and transitional countries.
AFP Foundation deputy director Peter Cunliffe-Jones devised the Africa Check project. The Foundation seconded him to run the project free of charge to the project.
WITS Journalism / University of the Witwatersrand
WITS Journalism is the journalism department of the University of the Witwatersrand, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, headed by Professor Anton Harber. Professor Harber was involved in the development of the project from the outset.
WITS Journalism department hosts the editorial team in South Africa running the website and provides office support.