AFRICA – Benon Herbert Oluka, GIJN Africa editor, selected 10 investigative stories that GIJN considers to be among the very best by sub-Saharan African journalists in 2021. Two of them were supported by Journalismfund.eu.

The first story is Hard Labour: How a lack of regulation puts Kenyan surrogates at risk, a two-part series investigation. For this investigation, a reporter went undercover for months, posing as a parent keen to commission a surrogate pregnancy &, later, as a candidate willing to birth a child for prospective parents. The second investigation is Garbage Out, Garbage In: How Europe’s e-waste problem is a burden on Africa, conducted by a team of journalists in Ghana and Cameroon. This story exposed the same environmental problem: the growing extent to which Africa has become a convenient dumping ground for electronic waste from other parts of the world. Both investigations were supported by Money Trail Grant Programme

Read more about the other stories here

Caroline Pauwels

Farewell to Our Esteemed Former Director Caroline Pauwels


BRUSSELS - Journalismfund.eu has learned with sadness of the death of Caroline Pauwels. Caroline was a director of Journalismfund.eu for 14 years (which from 1998 to March 2013 was called the Pascal Decroos Fund for Investigative Journalism vzw). Her connecting and positive personality was instrumental for what the organisation looks like today.

Thomson Foundation

Online training tools in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian-Montenegrian (BCSM)


Journalismfund.eu's Earth Programme supported a project implemented by the Thomson Foundation. That provides online training tools in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian-Montenegrian (BCSM). It wil enable investigative journalists to upskill with regards to reporting on environmental issues.