impactAFRICA: Seeking Stories on Gender Equality and Challenges Women/Girls face in Accessing Healthcare and Services


Deadline: 15 March 2017

Applications are open for African Data Journalism Fund’s new contest for stories on gender equality and the challenges women face in accessing health care and services.

impactAFRICA is seeking stories that shed light on the challenges women and girls face in accessing health care and health services, and solutions to improve the quality of life for them and their families.

Journalists in six African countries — South Africa, Zambia, Tanzania, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria — can win a fully paid study tour to major United States newsrooms as part of a new impactAFRICA reporting contest.

impactAFRICA is the continent’s largest fund for data-driven story telling. It is run by Code of Africa and is Africa’s first data-driven investigative journalism initiative providing grants and technical support for reportage that changes lives. It will support projects that use data journalism and other digital storytelling techniques for in-depth reportage into hidden, neglected or under-reported development issues. Projects should propose innovative ways to use digital techniques for compelling storytelling with dramatically improved audience engagement, and should use data or other digital techniques to personalise or localise stories for improved relevance and maximum impact.

impactAFRICA seeks to help strengthen African media, by helping local newsrooms experiment with new digital and data techniques for improved reportage and audience engagement.

Prize Categories

  • Best Community Impact;
  • Best Audience Engagement; and
  • Best Use of Data.

Prize Information

  • impactAFRICA is the continent’s largest fund for data-driven investigative storytelling, offering $500,000 in cash grants and technology support, along with editorial mentorship, across a series of funding rounds for pioneering journalism that uses data or digital tools to tackle development issues such as public healthcare, water, sanitation, the effects of air and water pollution on African communities, climate change and its effects on farming communities and food baskets, and other development issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
  • The winners will spend 10 days visiting newsrooms in three cities in the United States and learning from some of the world’s top digital media outlets.

Eligibility Criteria

  • impactAFRICA is open to applications from teams of journalists or news innovators from all across the world.
  • impactAFRICA does not, however, support parachute journalism.
  • All project teams should therefore include members from their target country, to ensure local context and local involvement in the storytelling.
  • impactAFRICA also does not support window-dressing.
  • Applicants should therefore ensure that all team members are integral to the project.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can fill the application form via given website.

Eligible Countries: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia

For more information, please visit impact AFRICA.

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