Rana Sabbagh is a career journalist, columnist and media trainer.

She was the first female editor-in-chief of a daily political newspaper in the Levant. She is co-founder of the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism network (ARIJ) and currently works as senior MENA Investigations Editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

For Journalismfund.eu she mentors journalists from the MENA region.

Basic information

Rana Sabbagh
MENA region

Supported projects

The Military Economic Republic of Egypt

  • Armed conflict
  • Economy
  • Politics
  • Security

CAIRO - After Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected President in May 2014, several amendments to the public procurement law were made that allowed the Egyptian military to further strengthen its grip on the economy. The amendments helped companies affiliated with the army reap the lion’s share of major public contracts, including the construction of the new administrative capital in Cairo, real estate projects, highways and infrastructure, that were granted under direct, non-competitive bidding.

Mentor for

Syrians pay tax to rebuild after war but see little benefit

  • Armed conflict
  • Corruption
  • Politics

DAMASCUS - The Syrian government has raised billions of Syrian pounds to rebuild war-stricken cities through a "reconstruction tax." But where does the money really go? A joint investigation by OCCRP, SIRAJ, and Finance Uncovered, supported by Journalismfund.eu's Money Trail grant programme.

The Way to Damascus

  • Corruption
  • Migration

STOCKHOLM - In Sweden there are more than 200,000 Syrians. They are considered to be the largest immigrant Arabic-speaking community in that country. The Swedish tourist bureaus provide services to transport a large number of Syrians to their home countries.