What We Do

We build
investigative
journalism in the
SADC region of
Southern Africa in
the service of a free,
capable media and
open, accountable
democracy.

What We Do

We build
investigative
journalism in the
SADC region of
Southern Africa in
the service of a free,
capable media and
open, accountable
democracy.

We raise and de-risk philanthropic
funding for member investigative
journalism centres; we build
organisational capacity at member
centres; and we build investigative
capacity among journalists at
member centres and beyond.

We currently have member
centres in Zambia, Malawi,
Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho,
eSwatini and South Africa.

They are the leading independent,
non-profit investigative
newsrooms in each of their
countries. Some may be small, but
collectively they punch well above
their weight.

We raise and de-risk philanthropic
funding for member investigative
journalism centres; we build
organisational capacity at member
centres; and we build investigative
capacity among journalists at
member centres and beyond.

We currently have member
centres in Zambia, Malawi,
Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho,
eSwatini and South Africa.

They are the leading independent,
non-profit investigative
newsrooms in each of their
countries. Some may be small, but
collectively they punch well above
their weight.

Why We Do It

Though investigative
journalists in the
SADC region may
face substantial
challenges
individually,
collectively they hold
huge potential to
change their
societies for the
better. Investigative journalists and journalism centres are a prospect worth networking and nurturing, to increase their impact, to multiply their force. 

Why We Do It

Though investigative
journalists in the
SADC region may
face substantial
challenges
individually,
collectively they hold
huge potential to
change their
societies for the
better. Investigative journalists and journalism centres are a prospect worth networking and nurturing, to increase their impact, to multiply their force. 

Investigative journalists and
journalism centres are a prospect
worth networking and nurturing,
to increase their impact, to
multiply their force.
Investigative journalism is key to
democratic accountability. It
exposes wrongdoing, enabling
people to hold power to account.
The media has been debilitated by
the digital transition. As much as
the transition has brought new
and exciting means to serve the
public, the new economy it
birthed has been monopolised by
the platform giants, leaving those
who produce content scrambling
for the crumbs.
Because discovering the truth
takes more time and money than
reporting the obvious,
investigative journalism often
stands at the back of the queue
when resources are allocated, and
first in line when retrenchments
loom.

As a result, investigative
journalism is under-resourced and
underdeveloped, fighting an uphill
battle to match the sophistication
of the powerful whom it would
hold to account. At the exact time
when more capacity is needed to
discover and disseminate the
truth, investigative media is extra
hamstrung by the media’s
malaise.
In the developing world, the SADC
region included, there are
aggravating factors. There may be
even fewer resources to go
around, and physical repression.
The concentration of political and
economic power may make it
exceedingly hard to survive
without elite patronage and
protection. Independence is the
only solution, but it comes at a
price.

As a result, investigative
journalism is under-resourced and
underdeveloped, fighting an uphill
battle to match the sophistication
of the powerful whom it would
hold to account. At the exact time
when more capacity is needed to
discover and disseminate the
truth, investigative media is extra
hamstrung by the media’s
malaise.
In the developing world, the SADC
region included, there are
aggravating factors. There may be
even fewer resources to go
around, and physical repression.
The concentration of political and
economic power may make it
exceedingly hard to survive
without elite patronage and
protection. Independence is the
only solution, but it comes at a
price.

How We Do It

The IJ Hub was founded in 2019 to meet the challenge
head-on of supporting and building independent
investigative journalism in the SADC region.

Our solution is holistic and encompasses the following:

Raising and de-risking
philanthropic funding for
investigative journalism

We present a de-risked
opportunity for philanthropic
funders to support independent
investigative journalism in the
SADC region. Those who prefer
not to support centres directly
donate to our funding pool, which
we disburse to member centres
based on their relative needs and
accountability profiles.

In this way, funders contribute to
an established network
impactfully covering much of the
region; a collective growing in
capacity and reach.

Building the organisational and administrative capacity of
organisations practicing
investigative journalism

Making resources available to
member centres is not enough. A
centre’s editorial performance is
optimal when its organisational
base is solid. And increased
resource flows demand
heightened accountability.

We advise and assist member
centres with matters as diverse as
corporate registration, compliance
with non-profit requirements,
accounting, auditing, funding
applications, digital security and
websites.

Building the organisational and administrative capacity of
organisations practicing
investigative journalism

Making resources available to
member centres is not enough. A
centre’s editorial performance is
optimal when its organisational
base is solid. And increased
resource flows demand
heightened accountability.

We advise and assist member
centres with matters as diverse as
corporate registration, compliance
with non-profit requirements,
accounting, auditing, funding
applications, digital security and
websites.

Building the editorial capacity of organisations and journalists
practising investigative
journalism

We network and advise member
centres on editorial matters.
Where they feel they need it, we
help them get their stories ready
for publication.

We sponsor qualifying journalists
for three-month fellowships at
investigative newsrooms.

And we arrange workshops;
anything from investigations 101
to following the money, the latest
tools and techniques, and digital
security.

Our People

The buck stops with three to five non-executive directors
elected by member centres, and up to two ex-officio
executive directors.

Prof Dumisani Moyo

Prof Dumisani Moyo

Non-executive chair

Stefaans Brümmer

Stefaans Brümmer

Non-executive director

Troye Lund

Troye Lund

Executive director

Mantoe Phakathi

Mantoe Phakathi

Non-executive director

Steven Budlender

Steven Budlender

Non-executive director

Sebenzile Nkambule

Sebenzile Nkambule

Executive director

We build investigative
journalism.

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