Every second citizen in Africa has been affected by land corruption in recent years, according to research from Transparency International. For communities, the effects of land corruption include insecure tenure, food insecurity, barriers to socio-economic development, increased risk of conflict, and a threat to traditional ways of life. For nation-states, the continued presence of land corruption exacts a toll on national economies and stands in the way of achieving many of the Sustainable Development Goals.
However, land corruption remains widely under-reported by journalists in the mainstream media and poorly understood by their audiences as a result. In response, Transparency International has developed a comprehensive training manual to support journalists in Africa to investigate and report stories of land corruption.
A Complete Training Package
The training manual provides a complete course for journalists – covering all aspects of researching, constructing, and presenting a land corruption story – which can be downloaded (for free) and used by trainers with or without prior experience of investigating land issues. It is intended for anyone that provides training or capacity-building for journalists including facilitators, trainers, lecturers and teachers.
The Investigating Land and Corruption in Africa training manual includes:
- 24 facilitation guides for sessions on researching, constructing and presenting cases of land corruption
- 7 assignments and activities for trainees to develop key skills
- 12 handouts covering a range of critical techniques
- 7 case studies exploring genuine investigations into cases of land corruption in Africa
The manual describes a complete training course (lasting approximately three days), however, the content is divided into distinct, stand-alone modules that can be combined to create a bespoke training programme according to the needs of trainees.
Designed for African Contexts
All aspects of the manual have been tailored to meet the specific interests and needs of journalists living and working in Africa. Each training session, assignment, case study, and resource has been carefully developed to be relevant and applicable for journalists operating within an African context.
The design of the manual is deliberately sparse. It includes very few images and other visual elements, which means printing copies requires fewer resources (such as ink) to enable and encourage users to print and share hard copies widely.
Written by Experts
An international team of experts wrote the manual – South African investigative journalist and trainer Michael Schmidt, Nigeria-based journalist andland rights activist Andrea Staeritz, and the British journalist, author and journalism trainer Michael Griffin – in collaboration with Transparency International’s national chapters working on the Land and Corruption in Africa programme.
What is Land Corruption?
Land corruption is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain while carrying out the functions of land administration and land management. Whether it’s an opaque deal between private investors and local authorities, citizens having to pay bribes during land administration processes, unaccountable urban planning, or customary laws that deny women their land rights, land corruption hits poor and marginalised men and women hardest.
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