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. We work to raise the quality of information available to society across the continent.
Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general, said of us: “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 and Dakar. We produce 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 more than 1,500 claims on topics from crime and race in South Africa to population numbers in Nigeria and fake health cures in various African countries.
Africa Check’s work is published and discussed in media across the continent.
Africa Check team
Africa Check’s head office is based at the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Our French language site is run by a team based at the EJICOM journalism school in Dakar, Senegal, since 2015. Africa Check also has regional offices in Lagos, Nigeria, set up in 2016 and Nairobi, Kenya, established in 2017.
Working with you and the media
With hundreds of thousands of claims made every day across Africa, it is not possible for a single organisation to fact-check every one.
That is why Africa Check works with you, our readers, to identify the claims you want checked. We also enable and encourage others in the media to check claims themselves.
We do this with the range of resources we provide in the How to fact-check section of the website, and through the reports we produce and awards programme we run.
Funding, training and research services
Africa Check’s funding to date has come primarily in the form of support-in-kind from the AFP Foundation,the Aga Khan University, 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 and African News Innovation Challenge
- The International Press Institute, Google and the IPI News Innovation Contest
- The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung
- The Millennium Trust
- T Luminate
- The Open Society Foundations (FOSI, OSF-SA, OSISA and OSIWA)
- The Shuttleworth Foundation
- The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
- The Raith Foundation
- Standard Bank
- Code for Africa
We also supplement this funding with donations from members of the public who support our work and, since 2015, with income earned through TRI Facts, our commercial Training, Research and Income services unit.