Code for Africa has received a $4.7 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund data journalism schools and projects, according to Journalism.co.uk.
Based in Nairobi, Code for Africa is an initiative that uses data to build civic technology capacity in civil society and the watchdog media. It has citizen labs operating across the continent. It describes itself as a people-driven movement that aims to empower active citizenry and strengthen civic watchdogs to help government shape and improve its services to citizens.
The organization plans to use the money from the Gates Foundation on technology for African journalism, expanding projects in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania — especially in the areas of health and development journalism.
The initiative grew out of a series of successful pilot projects by the International Center for Journalists, MyBroadband reports. The $4.7-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will scale these successes in the hub countries.
Chris Roper, former editor-in-chief of the Mail & Guardian, will serve as the team’s data editor.