Africa’s first independent fact-checking organisation
Africa Check is a non-profit organisation set up in 2012 to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa. The goal of our work is to raise the quality of information available to society across the continent.
As former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says: “For democracies to function properly, for people to make informed decisions about their lives, the claims made in the public domain must be held up to scrutiny and their veracity checked openly and impartially.
“I salute the work of Africa Check, as an important initiative engaging with journalists and citizens across the continent to raise the level of public debate.”
Devised by the non-profit media development arm of the international news agency AFP, Africa Check is an independent organisation with offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, Dakar and London, producing reports in English and French testing claims made by public figures, institutions and the media against the best available evidence.
Since 2012, we have fact-checked hundreds of claims on topics from crime and race in South Africa to population numbers in Nigeria and fake health cures in countries around Africa.
Africa Check’s work is published and discussed in media across the continent.
Africa Check team
Africa Check’s main team is based in Johannesburg at the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, where we currently have a five-strong full-time fact-checking team, along with fundraising, training and research services and a community manager.
Since October 2015, we have a fact-checking team based at the EJICOM journalism school in Dakar, Senegal, running our French-language site.
They work in liaison with the project director and finance team in London, who answer to a five-member independent board. See details of the team here.
Africa Check also have regional offices in Lagos, Nigeria since late 2016 and Nairobi, Kenya since the beginning of 2017.
Working with you & the media
Of course, with hundreds of millions of claims of one sort of another being made every day across Africa, it is never going to be possible for one organisation to fact-check every claim made.
That is why Africa Check works with you, our readers, to identify the claims you want checked, as well as works to enable and encourage others in the media to check claims themselves.
We do this through the range of resources we provide in the ‘How to Fact-Check’ section of the website, through the reports we produce and the awards programme we run.
Funding, training & research services
Africa Check’s funding to date has come primarily in the form of support-in-kind from the AFP Foundation, the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, and the EJICOM journalism school, and grants from a variety of philanthropic institutions.
Since 2012, Africa Check has received generous support from the following institutions:
- The African Media Initiative & the African News Innovation Challenge
- The International Press Institute & Google & the IPI News Innovation Contest
- The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
- The Millennium Trust
- The Omidyar Network
- The Open Society Foundations (FOSI, OSF-SA, OSISA & OSIWA)
- The Shuttleworth Foundation
At the same time, Africa Check works to supplement this with donations from members of the public who support our work and, since May 2015, with income earned by our commercial Training, Research and Income services unit: TRI Facts.
Africa Check aims to build up TRI Facts to account for more than 10% of our total income in 2016 and more than 20% the following year. More details of our funding work are set out on the page: How we are funded.