Who is AIIJ?
AIIJ is an organization dedicated to fostering investigative journalism in Africa, with a focus on Uganda. We promote impactful media practices rooted in human rights and social justice, aiming to inform public discourse and create a supportive environment for passionate investigative journalists.
To be a Center of excellence for investigative journalism in defense of public interest.
Growing investigative journalism in Africa through an integrated program of training and capacity building, collaborative reporting, research, grant making and legal support.
We empower Africa's next-generation investigative journalists through skill development, collaboration, and resource provision.
Training & Capacity Building
We focus on critical areas where investigative journalism can make a real impact, shedding light on pressing issues and giving a voice to the voiceless
Engaging government officials and NGO leaders in candid discussions and addressing public concerns.
ARUA’S MULTI-MILLION NUSAF COFFEE PROJECT IN MESS
In 2017, the Ugandan government funded a coffee shop project in Arua, which remains incomplete. Despite training local youths in business skills, the facility has now become a waste dumping site, leaving the trainees without opportunities to utilize their knowledge
How Kalangala Is ‘Silently’ Becoming a Hub For Domestic Human Trafficking In Uganda
In Ssese Islands of Kalangala district, a dark secret lies hidden beneath the surface. Children and young women, trafficked from various regions, find themselves trapped in a web of exploitation across Mazinga, Bubeke, and Bugoma islands. Forced into labor, commercial sex, forced marriage, and drug trafficking, these victims are caught in a ruthless cycle of abuse. NGOs like Kalangala Human Rights Defenders and Maria Theresa Foundation Kalangala work tirelessly to rescue and resettle survivors, but the fight against human trafficking in Uganda's idyllic islands continues.
Uganda's Ivory Pipeline: Connecting DR Congo's Poaching Epidemic to Asia's Demand
The alarming poaching crisis in DR Congo sees over 30,000 elephants killed annually for their ivory, fueling a smuggling network through Uganda's West Nile region to meet rising demand in Asia. Despite international efforts, this illegal trade not only endangers elephants and ecosystems but also poses significant public health risks.
PROTECTION OR ABUSE? Why Families In Masaka Region Take Disabled Children For Birth Control
In the Masaka region, families are secretly forcing disabled male and female adolescents to undergo birth control procedures like vasectomy and female sterilization, as well as other inhumane methods to prevent sexual activity. This issue is prevalent in Masaka, Kalangala, Kyotera, and Rakai. Parents and guardians justify their actions, believing disabled teens are incapable of raising children. Although some affected teens have spoken up, local organizations like MADIPHA and other NGOs struggle to intervene due to the secretive nature of these practices.
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Real-life stories and experiences that inspire us to continue our mission of promoting social change through investigative journalism.
Vetaran Investigative Journalist
The role of Investigative Journalism is to dig deeper into public records and investigate what is going on then inform the people.
Executive Director, ACME
Investigative reporting does help us to hold those in power accountable. It helps us shape public policy. We need to invest more in Investigative Journalism.
Executive Director, GIJN
Investigative Journalism has a strong emphasis on social justice and accountability.