The ACRP Climate-focused Reporting Grants for 2022 are now available for applications.
Apply now! Investigative journalists in Africa are invited to apply for climate-focused reporting funding via the Africa-China Reporting Project (ACRP) at the Wits Centre of Journalism in Johannesburg and China Dialogue.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference will return to Africa in November of this year for another round of deliberations. Low-carbon development pathways and climate change adaptation are already being discussed by African governments, who are pressing for increased access to financing.
Through financing and expertise in infrastructure building, industrial projects, and more, China is increasingly becoming a prominent player in the development routes of African nations. In addition, it is working closely with African nations to combat climate change. For the first time, the 8th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation last year produced a climate statement. With its “green” Belt and Road Initiative, China has also promised to stop funding new coal-fired power plants in other countries and boost its support for renewable energy. Also, China’s Ministry of Commerce has established a set of guidelines for Chinese enterprises to follow when making investments abroad.
Journalists who want to investigate China’s involvement in Africa in the light of the climate catastrophe will be granted reporting funding.
Journalists might use the following themes as a starting point for their investigations:
Impacts, mitigation, and adaptation to climate change
Transitions to a cleaner, more abundant kind of energy
Transitions that are socially and ethically acceptable
Mining of critical minerals, particularly those linked to the global energy transition
Electrification and low-carbon transportation
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In order to do research on the China-Africa connection and the climate catastrophe, successful candidates will receive a reporting grant of $1,500 to $2,000.
African investigative journalists are welcome to apply;
Observing China’s involvement in Africa in the light of the global climate catastrophe should be a priority for journalists.
How to Apply for the ACRP Climate-focused Reporting Grants
All applications for the ACRP must be emailed to [email protected] by Friday, 22 April 2022, and should include the following:
As an example, a brief outline of your proposal might include: (a) an explanation of why the story being investigated is important, (b) the investigation methodology: how you plan to conduct your research and report (reporting trips, potential interviewees, etc.), (c), the proposed publication platform, and (d) a budget of no more than US$1,500 for the entire investigation and reporting process.
Proposals should have a China-related aspect and an investigative component if possible. It’s also a good idea to think about how images, video, data visualization, and other forms of multimedia may be used to enhance the tale.