Triggering Change: How Investigative Journalists in Sub-Saharan Africa Contribute to Solving Problems in Society

This article analyses 12 cases of investigative journalism in Sub-Saharan Africa.  An assessment of these processes shows that in 10 cases, the journalists indeed helped to trigger change and in two cases they failed to do so.

A decisive element of investigative journalism in Sub-Saharan Africa seems to be the involvement of and the interaction with other societal non-journalist actors. The article concludes that African investigative journalists tackle problems that directly affect the lives of ordinary people. These problems can generally be identified quickly and are often solved with the involvement of the right alliances.

Authors: Jan Lublinski, Christoph Spurk, Jean-Marc Fleury, Olfa Labassi, Gervais Mbarga, Marie Lou Nicolas, Tilda Abou Rizk

Year Country Organisation Author Type
2015 Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Global, Kenya, Uganda Lublinski, J. et al. academic article
Theory of Change Keywords Download/link
Intermediate Outcome 2 accountability, change, cooperation, impact, investigative journalism, NGOs Download/link