A mural advocating safety practices to curb the spread of Covid-19. April 29, 2020, Nairobi.
A mural advocating safety practices to curb the spread of Covid-19. April 29, 2020, Nairobi. © Tony Karumba/AFP via Getty Images

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Africa Resilience Network

Years active: 2020-2021
 

The Africa Resilience Network programme is building a network of journalists, activists and analysts to identify and expose Covid-19 related disinformation in Kenya and Nigeria.

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Working in collaboration with the Centre for Information Resilience, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting and Africa Uncensored, IWPR provides Africa Resilience Network members with extensive support, including:

  • Developing, publishing and promoting research and reporting on Covid-19 disinformation;
  • Specialist training in the latest tools and techniques to identify and expose disinformation, focusing on open-source intelligence and network analysis;
  • Access to expert mentors, with training and support on managing data protection and information security risks;
  • Opportunities to attend networking events and collaborate with other activists, journalists, media professionals, academic experts, editors, researchers and publishers; and
  • Access to legal and health resources to help inform their work and reporting.

Upon graduating from the programme, Africa Resilience Network members become members of a global community, with lasting links to disinformation experts and fellow practitioners around the world.

For those interested in learning more about the programme, or becoming a member, please contact AfricaResilienceNetwork@iwpr.net.

The Africa Resilience Network (ARN) programme is administered as part of a co-operative agreement between the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) and the US Department of State.
 

Latest from the project

"I see covering Covid-19 related disinformation as an opportunity to set people free from lies."

Reporting Health in the Disinformation Age

Reporting Health in the Disinformation Age

A Handbook for Journalists, Communicators, and Campaigners

The handbook is a practical resource for journalists and communicators in Sub-Saharan Africa as they counter disinformation and misinformation on a wide range of health issues, including Covid-19.

“Covid-19 has underscored the important role of health journalism in helping the public navigate complex topics affecting their lives.”

Africa Resilience Network Compendium

Africa Resilience Network Compendium

The work of IWPR’s new Africa Resilience Network programme (2019-21) exposed Covid-19 disinformation in both Nigeria and Kenya. Here you can read a selection of these exposes from the network and see how their work, supported by Africa Uncensored, Kenya, International Centre for Investigative Reporting (ICIR), Nigeria, along with the Centre for Information Resilience UK, tackled some of the conspiracies and untruths pervasive in Kenya and Nigeria during the pandemic.

"Being able to spot misinformation disguised as legitimate news enables journalists to combat the widespread distribution of harmful, misleading and false information."

In collaboration with:

Africa Uncensored
Centre for Information Resilience
International Centre for Investigative Reporting

The Africa Resilience Network (ARN) programme is administered as part of a co-operative agreement between the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) and the US Department of State.

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