Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ)
Director General: Rawan Damen
Type: Multi-purpose Fundraising Foundation
Focus Region: Arab Region/MENA/SWANA
Country Focus: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestine, Qatar, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen.
Sectors: Investigative journalism, human rights, democracy, accountability, and transparency
ARIJ is a non-for-profit foundation built on human rising principles. Since 2006, it has nurtured a culture of investigative journalism for journalists in 16 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. It became the only and leading mother-network that joins regional investigative journalism efforts, and now it strives to deepen the ecosystem of accountable investigative journalism in the Arab world. Despite all the threats and challenges, it remains the number one support to its journalists, who practice their craft to tell important stories and hold those in power accountable.
Since its establishment, ARIJ has trained more than 4,400 journalists and supported more than 700 quality investigations. It has won more than 65 local, regional, and international awards. By partnering with more than 50 partners all over the world, ARIJ facilitates networking for journalists and media experts through its in-person and online training workshops and events and its popular annual forum. ARIJ has produced at least two manuals, one university curriculum, and four self-paced online courses, which have been completed by over 20,000 people.
ARIJ’s mission is to empower brave and committed journalists, editors, and fact checkers to produce high-quality, verified, fact-based, and ethical “accountability journalism,” presented in innovative digital storytelling formats. To support the growing network of ARIJeans, ARIJ will expand and strengthen the ecosystem of investigative journalism to ensure its viability in the region against all legal, societal, sectarian, security, surveillance, and political challenges.
We envision an Arab world in which the poor and vulnerable, especially women, children and youth, are able to access the education and opportunity they need to lead productive and dignified lives. Individuals who can stabilize their families, transform their communities, advance their countries, and shift dynamics in a region overcome by conflict, despair, and growing poverty.
ARIJ, with its firm belief in independent, accountable, and professional investigative journalism, has cultivated a culture for Arab journalists to grow and develop skills, acquire new knowledge, tools and techniques, and advance professionally in an increasingly restricting media landscape. ARIJ offers physical and virtual workshops, in addition to online courses, ranging in level from basic to advanced and specialized. With its extensive experience, ARIJ covers theoretical and hands-on topics, including the basics of investigative journalism, fact checking, open source, following the money, digital security, data journalism, and human rights, among others, in addition to its academic university curriculum.
ARIJ also provides online courses for all journalists to complete at their own pace. ARIJ walks hand in hand with its journalists, not only through training, but supporting them through mentoring, coaching, and providing legal aid to produce quality investigative reports.
From hypothesis formulation to publishing, ARIJ ensures that journalists from different career levels acquire the maximum knowledge and optimum experience through every step of the process. Moreover, ARIJ fosters connections, partnerships, collaborations, and networking opportunities for Arab investigative journalists and its media partners.
With its unique regional identity, ARIJ has proved to be a catalyst for building bridges between IJ centers, media outlets, and journalists. It has contributed to one of ARIJ’s biggest collaborations, cross-border investigations with ICIJ surrounding the Panama Papers and Paradise Papers.
Furthermore, ARIJ acts as a data and research hub, with almost 250 GB-worth of documents from 15 different Arab countries. Through the data desk, ARIJ backs up journalists with the required data and documents according to submitted requests. Regional and international journalists and IJ centers have utilized received data in their published investigations.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS