ACTION 4 TRANSPARENCY MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME

In November 2017 A4T, in cooperation with United States International University (USIU), offered a training on investigative and data mining journalism in order to enhance the quality of stories on corruption and collaborative work among journalists.45 journalists (out of 125 applicants) were selected for the three-day training. The journalists had different backgrounds; mainstream journalists, citizen journalists/community media journalists and journalism students and bloggers.

The participants got insights on alternative publishing platforms for their stories, noting that some media outlets or their editors are at times compromised not to publish sensitive stories either due to economic considerations to retain profits or unethical corrupt practices. Many citizens in Kenya turn to alternative sources, such as citizen journalists and bloggers, hoping to find different voices without an agenda. These voices are becoming more important as the space for media and independent journalism is shrinking in Kenya.

After the training, each journalist was offered an opportunity to pitch an investigative story idea on corruption. 10 story ideas were then picked and offered grants and mentorship, to enable the journalists to dig deeper to investigate corruption.

The A4T grant and mentorship begun in March 2018. During these mentorship period the mentors gave inception, weekly and final reports. Below are some of the published results from the mentorship programme.

Nairobi News: How CDF-funded school bus was branded with ODM, Wiper colours

Amina Wako found shocking revelations on how the funds meant for development of a primary school were misused.
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NHIF HEIST: Blowing cover on how millions are swindled through fictitious private hospital claims

A story about fraudulent claims that have cost millions of shillings at the National Hospital Insurance fund.

The Star: Mothers ignorant of Linda Mamamiss out on free delivery services

Investigative reporter Diana Kendi shows how mothers miss out on governmental programmes due to lack of awareness.

The Elephant: How safe is your drinking water?

A story on unhealthy bottled drinking water was published but then pulled from Kenya's leading Daily Nation newspaper after pressure from a main advertiser.

Standard Digital: How medical negligence is robbing families of loved ones

Osman Mohamed Osman investigated cases of medical negligence in Kenya and the agony many citizens have had to go through without any remedy, which has led to loss of life.
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Africa Uncensored: Kenya’s Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis Burden

Iqra Salah investigated Kenya’s growing burden of drug resistant Tuberculosis.

The Star: Unearthing the sanitation crisis within public schools

A4T grantee Sarah Nanjala reveals critical sanitation crisis in Nairobi’s public primary schools.