OCCRP and ICFJ Extend Partnership

Published: 26 September 2013


usaidBucharest/Sarajevo – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has extended a core grant that supports the Journalism Development Network, a leading innovator in journalism and journalism development in new democracies.  USAID’s three year extension provides support for a regional network of independent centers and promotes cross border investigative reporting.  The International Center for Journalism (ICFJ) and JDN are partners on the grant that supports the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an award winning consortium of 18 investigative centers and news organizations.  OCCRP, working with its partner organizations publishes in-depth investigative stories on organized crime and corruption issues.  It has won numerous international awards for its work and this year is a finalist for the Daniel Pearl Award, a double finalist for the Global Shining Light award, and winners with the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) of the SEEMO investigative reporting award.

“USAID has been an early and important supporter of the OCCRP concept and we are very happy that we will have more time to show what can be done.  We will be doubling our efforts in documentary video making and trying to reach new audiences,” said Drew Sullivan, editor of OCCRP.

JDN and OCCRP are also supported by the Open Society Foundations, The National Endowment for Democracy, the International Press Institute and is currently working on a project with Google Ideas.