NOTE: This webinar includes French interpretation.
Since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, African countries have received hundreds of billions of dollars in loans and grants from global financial institutions, humanitarian agencies, and donor countries. The money is intended to enable affected African countries to reduce the spread of the virus and to alleviate hardship and poverty.
Within weeks, governments in several African countries came under fire after reports of fraud in the allocation of funds for activities not critical to the fight against the pandemic, the purchase of medical and other supplies, and instances where public officials circumvented existing rules in order to offer lucrative deals to their cronies.
Yet this could be just the tip of an iceberg. Most African countries are reluctant to share public records at the best of times and some have become even more restrictive since the start of the pandemic. But despite the many challenges, investigative journalists and anti-corruption organisations have found ways to track government spending on the continent during the pandemic – and publish their findings.
In this second Africa-focused GIJN webinar three experts from Africa will share their insights on how they are keeping tabs on government budgets. The moderator is Solomon Serwanjja, an award-winning Ugandan investigative journalist and news anchor with NBSTV.
This one-hour webinar is free and designed for journalists interested in investigating the pandemic. It’s the fifteenth in a GIJN series, Investigating the Pandemic. Coming soon: how to survive as a freelance journalist during the pandemic. Watch our Twitter feed @gijn and newsletter (https://buff.ly/2Mxiyoq) for future events.