Reconciliation was one of the main goals of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Justice was seen as a means to compensate victims and ban perpetrators from power. 

An in-depth investigation of the We Report network uncovers the dark side of the bottled water business in Europe, where the market is dominated by multinational companies such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé and Danone.

NAIROBI - This story uncovers a multitude of worrying allegations about the unregulated surrogacy industry in Kenya.

DAMASCUS - The Syrian government has raised billions of Syrian pounds to rebuild war-stricken cities through a "reconstruction tax." But where does the money really go? A joint investigation by OCCRP, SIRAJ, and Finance Uncovered, supported by's Money Trail grant programme.

LITHUANIA-BELARUS - A cross-border investigation by Lithuanian and Belarusian journalists follows the trail of Alexander Zaytsev and Aliaksei Aleksin, two Belarusian businessmen considered to be close to the Alexander Lukashenko regime.

NANYUKI - De Mens en de Hoorn is a project by Olivia Kortas and Kasper Goethals in collaboration with photographer Johannes De Bruycker. Based on the story of Najin and Fatu, the last two northern white rhinos on earth, they tell about the dysfunctional relationship between humans and their planet.

ACCRA, ABUJA - This story puts the spotlight on a clandestine network of gunsmiths and arms traffickers operating in West Africa in contravention of local laws. It shows how these gunsmiths and traffickers exploit the porous borders across the West Africa and Sahel region to traffic illicit small arms and light weapons, which continues to fuel conflicts across the region.

LONDON - The shipping industry is central to the global economy. But among the world's biggest polluters and tax avoiders. Its emissions, from the dirtiest fuel-oil on earth, are larger than those of Germany, and have a serious impact on climate change.

A'DAM - BRUSSELS - More and more people are moving to the city, but what does the future of these growing cities look like? Thanks to’s LOCAL grant programme, two media organisations (BRUZZ from Brussels and AT5 from Amsterdam) have teamed up for the first time to investigate the two cities. In a five-part series of videos and articles, the two city media delved into the crucial challenges for the city of tomorrow: mobility, housing, waste, tourism and language.

ACCRA, ABUJA – This investigation exposes a hidden network of Chinese control and ownership of many industrial fishing vessels operating in Ghanaian and Nigerian waters in contravention of local laws.

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European Cross-border Grants

With the awarded European Cross-Border Grant programme, supports (since 2009) professional journalists who have good ideas for cross-border investigations and for research on European topics.

The next application deadline is Thursday 9 September 2021 at 12 pm CEST.

Modern Slavery Unveiled

This grant programme aims to enable teams of investigative journalists to investigate and document cases or aspects of how Asian victims of human trafficking and forced labour are exploited in Europe.

The next application deadline is 16 September 2021 at 12 pm CEST.

Pascal Decroos Fund

The Pascal Decroos Fund is's oldest grant programme. Since 1999 it strives to advance investigative journalism in Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium.

The next application deadline is Friday 4 June 2021 at 12 pm CET.


Supported documentary: Hard labour

2 jury members go public: Ritu Sarin & Catherine Gicheru


BRUSSELS - Today reveals two jury members of its Money Trail grant programme: Ritu Sarin from India and Catherine Gicheru from Kenya are both outstanding personalities with an impressive track record in collaborative investigative journalism.

Independent cross-border journalism with impact


BRUSSELS - In 2020 supported 153 investigations by 319 journalists from 48 countries. The increasing number of projects proves that is responding to a growing need for support for independent investigative journalism. bids for EC’s €1.5m budget to support cross-border investigations


BRUSSELS - gladly welcomed the European Commission’s new call to support investigative journalism. Together with OBC Transeuropa, submitted a proposal for a grant and training programme to support European cross-border investigative journalism, including a special track for local journalism.

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