ICF partnered with the Thomson Reuters Foundation to launch a groundbreaking training programme for business journalism in Africa.
The programme focused on raising the standards of business, financial and investment journalism across the continent with the aim of ensuring that greater trust is put in the region’s media reporting. Training took place in six locations in Africa. High performing participants from the first round of training were then selected to pursue further training in Paris and London.
A review from the Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) noted that there were improvements in participants' writing skills, as well as better sourcing and understanding of economic concept. The participants also benefited from increased confidence, heightened professional status, expanded networking and more practical experience. The training also benefited other journalists who did not attend but received shared skills and techniques from colleagues. In addition, 31% of the programme beneficiaries secured job promotions.