Out of 800 journalists in Malawi, - less that twenty - are known to be actually doing investigative journalism. And of these only five are females. As a result, some of the significant developments that have a bearing on the economic and social well-being of Malawians have gone unreported. At least 50 journalists will be exposed to cutting edge investigative reporting techniques every year. This will include putting them on international placements in reputable Centres.
The absence of a strong investigative media in Malawi fuels a culture of impunity and unaccountability among both elected officials and the corporate elite. The resultant lack of transparency and accountability impacts on citizens' lives in a variety of ways. The recent Cashgate scandal, where public servants colluded with private companies to siphon US$48million, is a typical example. Strong investigative reporting, but exposing some of the hidden information, empowers citizens.
1. Establish 10 partnership with key institutions in Malawi, including training institutions and media houses; 2. Establish an MoU with AmaBhungane Centre for Investigative reporting for purposes of mentorship and technical support for the female journalists; 3. Organise local trainings for 50 female journalists per year on cutting edge investigating reporting; 4. Hold 10 career talks on investigative journalism to young females in journalism training institutions throughout Malawi;
The projects intend to ensure that Malawi will have almost 150 competent and practicing female Investigative Journalists. This will in the long term ensure that female Malawian journalists' have a healthy appetite to investigate and uncover critical stories that affect the day to day lives of ordinary Malawians - including excesses by public officials. While a big corruption scandal popularised as 'Cashgate' dominated the Malawian media four years ago.