News - Connecting Continents Round One: The Stats
Connecting Continents is a new research grant programme by Journalismfund.eu in collaboration with Oxfam Novib, which provides the money for the grants. The programme is aimed at encouraging cross-border collaborations between Sub-Saharan African and European investigative journalists. It was launched on Saturday May 9th.
The first application round closed on June 8th. By the deadline, 12 applications had been submitted by a total of 42 journalists from 23 different countries. Of those 42 applicants, 33 are men and 9 women, and 24 are European while 18 are African. The Netherlands is the best-represented country with 8 journalists who applied, followed by Belgium (5) and Nigeria, Italy and Portugal (3). Uganda and Mozambique both had two journalists apply.
More than half of the applicants (24) are a member of a professional journalist association. 21 applicants work as freelancers.
During its meeting on July 2nd, the jury approved three applications of the twelve received. One additional application was allocated a small grant as seed money for initial research. €50,000 has been allocated in this round, leaving another €50,000 for the next. The deadline of that second application round is August 17th.
Find more information and how to apply on http://conntinents.org.