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How we are funded

Diversity and transparency of funding

As a leading supporter of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and its Code of Principles, Africa Check is committed to transparency about our funding and organisation.

Africa Check is a non-profit organisation, headquartered in South Africa as a non-profit trust, registration number IT000728/2015(C). It is registered as the Africa Check Foundation in Kenya and operates in Nigeria and Senegal through representative offices. 

Founded in London in 2012 as a Community Interest Company, control of the organisation passed to the South Africa-registered trust at the start of 2019. Information on our accounts from 2012 to 2018 accounts is available on the UK Companies House website. Our 2019 accounts will be published in South Africa.

We launched in 2012 with just one funder, the Vienna-based International Press Institute. Our commitment since then has been to increase and diversify the number of our financial supporters, to ensure no donor has a controlling influence. 

In 2014, a small group of foundations and trusts provided 100% of our income. That group had grown and diversified, and by 2019, earned income and corporate sponsors accounted for 31% of our income. 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.

Africa Check’s mission and work is supported by TRi Facts (PTY) Ltd, our training and research business unit, registered in South Africa under enterprise number 2018/623180/07.

How we spend it

Fact-checking is a time-consuming and labour-intensive business. We operate in four countries with a team of 31.


Our funders 2019

For the financial year 2019, our draft financial figures show a total income of $1,840,038, up from $1,344,380 the previous year. The breakdown of income by source is below, rounded to the nearest percentage.

africa check sources of income 2019

We are also grateful to the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the EJICOM journalism school in Dakar  for the continued support in hosting our teams in South Africa and Senegal.

Income since 2012

Since 2012 our income has increased as follows. This is due to the support we have received from a growing range of partners, enabling us to extend our work in South Africa and open and expand our operations to Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, as well as offering awards and training programmes to promote fact-checking more widely.

2012 $57,973 (£45,648)
2013 $103,972 (£81,868)
2014 $166,953 (£131,459)
2015 $198,990 (£150,517)
2016 $600,516 (£472,847)
2017 $951,573 (£749,270)
2018 $1,344,380 (£1,058,567)
2019* $1,840,038 (R27,600,571) [Draft figures]

Putting Africa Check on track for the future

We want Africa Check to be around for a long time. This will 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. As a first step, we launched TRi Facts, our Training, Research and Information services unit, in 2015. 

We also reach out to our readers and supporters for their donations