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Apply for the GI-TOC Capacity Building & Mentorship Program 2024.

GI-TOC Capacity Building

As part of a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime (GI-TOC) is spearheading a capacity-building initiative involving investigative journalists in Mauritania, Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, and Senegal. The United States is dedicated to combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing (IUU Fishing) and Illicit Trafficking.

Strengthening the capabilities of West African journalists is a crucial measure in the battle against transnational organized crime (TOC) and illicit trafficking. The GI-TOC has been a longstanding collaborator and advocate for investigative journalism, focusing on organized crime globally, including in West Africa. The GI-TOC is collaborating with Poseidon and The Consortium of Media Innovation and Social Communication (CMICS) in delivering this training.

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The primary objective of the capacity-building and mentorship program is to enhance the skills of West African networks of investigative journalists tackling transnational organized crime. This involves building their investigative skills and deepening their knowledge of human trafficking, IUU, and forestry crimes. The overarching aim is to amplify the impact of their reporting on public awareness and policymaking concerning TOC in West Africa.


The program will constitute of:

  • One virtual capacity-building session provides the foundational basis for analyzing transnational organized crime;
  • A five-day in-person workshop in Dakar between 15-19 April 2024. Sessions on IUU fishing, forestry crimes, trafficking in persons, and investigative journalism skills (including audio-visual skills) will be delivered by experts in the relevant fields;
  • The opportunity to apply for a six-month mentorship program, which includes a USD 3,000 grant, and mentorship by an expert in the field relevant to the investigative story, to develop an investigative journalism story focusing on one of IUU fishing, forestry crimes, or trafficking in persons. Five journalists will be selected for this mentorship;
  • The opportunity to become part of a network of journalists exchanging on IUU fishing, forestry crimes, and trafficking in persons.
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Between 20 and 25 journalists across the focus countries (The Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mauritania, Cape Verde) will be selected to participate in the program.

In order to be eligible, journalists should:

  • be based in one of the focus countries;
  • have evidenced experience of working closely with communities in that country;
  • have demonstrated experience and skills in investigative journalism (use of investigative techniques etc.);
  • have previous, evidenced experience working on, and publishing investigative journalism articles regarding, transnational organized crime;
  • be available to attend the workshop in person in Dakar between 15-19 April.
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Previous, evidenced, experience reporting on IUU fishing, trafficking in persons, and/or forestry crimes is desirable.

Deadline: February 2, 2024

Click HERE to Apply

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