Diversity & transparency of funding
As Africa Check is a listed non-profit organisation, registered in South Africa as a non-profit Trust, and in the UK in the form of a Community Interest Company or CIC, information on our audited group accounts is publicly available, open and checkable on this link at UK Companies House.
Our commitment since we were launched in 2012 with just one funder – the Vienna-based International Press Institute – has been to increase and diversify the number of our financial supporters, to ensure that no donor has a controlling influence. And, as verified by the IFCN’s independent assessment of our work each year, we ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions we reach in our reports.
How we spend it
Fact-checking is a time-consuming and labour-intensive business. With offices now in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos and Dakar, we employ 14 researchers, fact-checking claims, and 10 other staff to support this work, train other fact-checkers, and run our operation.
Our funders 2017
For the financial year 2017, our draft financial figures show a total income of £749,270. The breakdown of income by source is as follows (rounded to nearest percentage).
In addition to the named sources, income from individuals amounted to £2,443.
We are also grateful to the AFP news agency office in Lagos, the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the EJICOM journalism school in Dakar, the Graduate School of Media & Communication at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi and the UK fact-checking organisation Full Fact in London for hosting our teams in those countries.
Income since 2012
Since the organisation was launched, we have managed to increase Africa Check funding, enabling us to extend our work in South Africa and to expand our operations to Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, as well as operating awards and training programmes to promote fact-checking more widely.
From an initial start-up grant worth £45,648 in 2012, our income has grown to £81,868 in 2013, £131,459 in 2014, £150,517 in 2015, £472,847 in 2016 and a projected £749,270 in 2017. To verify funding since 2012, please check these records at UK Companies House.
Putting Africa Check on track for the future
We want Africa Check to be around for a long time to ensure we can continue to play our part in scrutinising the claims that public figures, institutions and the media make, and supporting others who do the same.
To do that, we need to put our finances on a sound long-term footing and, as a first step, we launched in 2015 TRI Facts, our Training, Research & Information services unit. At the same time, we have started to reach out to our readers and supporters for their support too. Together, we hope to build up this support to account for more than 20% of our total revenue in 2018.
Doing this as we expand our operations to new parts of the continent is ambitious. But doing it should indeed help to put Africa Check on track to a long-term future.