The history of PAIR
The Danish Association for Investigative Journalism (FUJ) took the initiative to establish PAIR after the international conferences for investigative journalism in 2005 in Amsterdam in Holland. At this conference several African journalists who had heard about the Danish SCOOP programme contacted FUJ to hear if a similar project could be set up in Africa. At that time, the SCOOP programme supported investigative journalism in The Balkans and was founded by FUJ and International Media Support (IMS) in 2003.
In October 2007 asmall group of volunteers from FUJ was established to look into the possibilities to establish a similar programme in Africa. The group received funding from Open Society Institute for an initial two day seminar, held in Accra, Ghana, in July 2008 with participants from West African countries. Following the meeting FUJ and IMS made a project proposal and applied for funding from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The programme was called PAIR, Programme for African Investigative Reporting, and included the five West African countries Bénin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Togo.
In September 2009 the ministry granted its approval and funding for a three year pilot programme. The programme is also supported by a grant from Open Society Institute.
During 2009/2010 the first national conferences were held to introduce the programme in the five countries. Five national coordinators were selected and PAIR received the first project proposals in April 2010 and the first investigation was published in Ivory Coast September 2010.