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Current partners

Africa Check depends on the support and assistance of our key partners, our funders and our allies in the media and civil society. These include:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is guided by the belief that every life has equal value and works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other life-saving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Reporters without Borders

Based in Paris, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is an independent NGO with consultative status with the United Nations, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). Its foreign sections, its bureaux in ten cities, including Brussels, Washington, Berlin, Tunis, Rio de Janeiro, and Stockholm, and its network of correspondents in 130 countries give RSF the ability to mobilize support, challenge governments and wield influence both on the ground and in the ministries and precincts where media and Internet standards and legislation are drafted.


UNDEF was created by UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan in 2005 as a United Nations General Trust Fund to support democratization efforts around the world. UNDEF funds, helps design, manages, mentors, and generates projects that contribute to strengthening democracy.

Covid-19 response in Africa, together for reliable information

Currently, as the world battles to bring novel coronavirus infections under control, more and more people are seeking information about the virus. The Covid-19 response in Africa project will increase the circulation and extend the reach of fact-checked, evidence-based health information in Kenya and Senegal. The project will further promote the practice of fact-checking among journalists through masterclasses in Kenya and Senegal.

DW Akademie

DW Akademie believes that journalism, education and culture improve people's lives and that reliable, unbiased information and universal access to knowledge are fundamental rights. Together with their partners around the world, they work to promote freedom of expression, human rights and the development of functioning media systems. Their core focus areas are Media and Information Literacy (MIL), Media Viability, Media and Journalism Education and Innovation for Dialogue and Digital Rights. DW Akademie pursues concrete approaches in these areas to strengthen the media. 


Ejicom is a leading school of Higher Education in Journalism, Communication and Digital Media. Based in Dakar, Senegal and founded in 2011, Ejicom trains journalism students in high-level media skills, focusing on innovation in digital and new media. It is a pioneer in the field in francophone sub-Saharan Africa.


Meta Journalism Project

The Meta Journalism Project works with publishers around the world to strengthen the connection between journalists and the communities they serve. It also helps address the news industry's core business challenges. 

Fojo Media Institute

Fojo Media Institute is Sweden’s leading centre for professional journalism training and international media development support, with a mission to strengthen free, independent and professional journalism. Fojo is an independent institute at Linnaeus University with a mandate to support journalists and media development in Sweden and globally. For more than 45 years, Fojo has held mid-career training for Swedish journalists and, since 1991, has been engaged in international media development.


Google News Initiative

The Google News Initiative builds a stronger future for journalism and is Google's effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in the digital age.


The International Fact-Checking Network is a unit of the Poynter Institute dedicated to bringing together fact-checkers worldwide. The IFCN was launched in September 2015 to support a booming crop of fact-checking initiatives by promoting best practices and exchanges in this field. 

KAS Media Africa

KAS Media Africa, the Sub-Saharan Media Programme of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, believes that a free and independent media is crucial for democracy. It is committed to the development and maintenance of a diverse media landscape on the continent, the monitoring role of journalism and ethically based political communication.



Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. It was established in 2018 by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay.


Open Society Foundations

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Working with local communities in more than 100 countries, the Open Society Foundations support justice and human rights, freedom of expression, and access to public health and education. They have provided funding since 2013.

RAITH Foundation

The RAITH Foundation, a privately funded grant-maker, is not politically affiliated and does not raise funds from the public. The foundation’s area of focus is on the systemic injustice and unfairness that prevails in South Africa, for which it seeks effective and lasting solutions.

Ronald W Naito MD Foundation

The Ronald W Naito MD Foundation continues Dr Ron Naito’s legacy of compassionate healing by supporting nonprofit organisations that are strengthening, protecting, and transforming our communities and our planet. Its grants support organisations working all over the world to mitigate climate change, reduce health disparities, and build communities that are socially equitable and environmentally sustainable. The foundation also supports Oregon-based arts and education initiatives, particularly those focused on under-resourced communities.

Standard Bank

Standard Bank is a financial services provider with a 154-year history in South Africa. It currently operates in 20 countries on the African continent as well as in other selected emerging markets.

U.S. Embassy in South Africa

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa is proud to team up with Africa Check to tackle misinformation and disinformation in the media. Our aim is to encourage everyone, both young and old, to be more critical of the information they consume and stop the spread of fake news. Through this project, we are proud to help young journalists, teachers, and high school pupils improve their media literacy and critical thinking skills, which are crucial attributes of a strong, vibrant democracy. 

WITS Journalism

The Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, located in Johannesburg, is one of the leading centres for the teaching of journalism in South Africa.

Founding partner


AFP has been integral to the establishment and growth of Africa Check since our inception in 2012. AFP is a global news agency covering the events shaping our world from conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. With 2,300 staff spread across almost every country, AFP covers the world 24 hours a day in six languages.

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