PAIR (Programme for African Investigative Reporting) supports and strengthens investigative journalism in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Togo. The programme offers funding for investigative projects, but PAIR is also a network that facilitates contacts between journalists around the world and makes it possible to share experiences and work together across borders.
PAIR was founded in 2009 by the Danish Association of Investigative Journalism (FUJ) and the Danish NGO International Media Support (IMS). Our regional partner is Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) based in Ghana.
The national coordinators
In each of the five countries PAIR is represented a local journalist – the national coordinator. The coordinator is responsible for promoting PAIR, sending out information about deadlines, receiving applications and sending them to the Danish focal person. The coordinator and the Danish focal person discuss the investigations and choose the ones to be funded.
Every year the national coordinator organises a national seminar in collaboration with FUJ, IMS and MFWA. The objective of the seminar is to present the programme and also to give journalists an opportunity to make contacts and share experiences.
The Danish committee
The Danish committee consists of five journalists from the Danish Association for Investigative Journalism. They are the Danish focal persons of PAIR and they work voluntarily. For each of the PAIR countries there is a Danish focal person working with the national coordinator.
PAIR also helps journalists participate in regional and international conferences for investigative journalism.
The investigations are published in local and national media and also placed on the PAIR website.