GI-TOC Capacity Building & amp; Mentorship Programme 2024 | APPLY NOW

Applications are open for the GI-TOC Capacity Building & Mentorship Programme 2024. This program, supported by the U.S. Department of State, is organized by the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime (GI-TOC) and focuses on enhancing the capabilities of investigative journalists in Mauritania, Cape Verde, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, The Gambia, and Senegal.

GI-TOC Capacity Building & Mentorship Programme

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GI-TOC Capacity Building & Mentorship Programme 2024

As a longstanding partner of investigative journalism addressing organized crime globally, including in West Africa, the GI-TOC aims to strengthen the capacities of West African journalists in the fight against transnational organized crime (TOC) and illicit trafficking.

In collaboration with Poseidon and The Consortium of Media Innovation and Social Communication (CMICS), the GI-TOC is delivering this training program.

The primary objectives of the capacity-building and mentorship program are to empower West African networks of investigative journalists in transnational organized crime. This includes building their investigative skills and substantive knowledge of human trafficking, IUU, and forestry crimes, aiming to enhance the impact of their reporting on public awareness and policymaking regarding TOC in West Africa.

Program benefits

The program includes:

  1. A virtual capacity-building session providing the foundational basis for analyzing transnational organized crime.
  2. A five-day in-person workshop in Dakar between 15-19 April 2024, featuring sessions on IUU fishing, forestry crimes, trafficking in persons, and investigative journalism skills (including audio-visual skills) led by experts.
  3. The opportunity to apply for a six-month mentorship program, which includes a USD 3,000 grant and mentorship by an expert relevant to the investigative story. This will focus on IUU fishing, forestry crimes, or trafficking in persons, with five journalists selected for this mentorship.
  4. The chance to become part of a network of journalists exchanging information on IUU fishing, forestry crimes, and trafficking in persons.


Between 20 and 25 journalists from the focus countries (The Gambia, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mauritania, Cape Verde) will be selected for participation.

To be eligible, journalists should:

  • Be based in one of the focus countries.
  • Have demonstrated experience working closely with communities in that country.
  • Possess demonstrated experience and skills in investigative journalism (including the use of investigative techniques).
  • Have previous, evidenced experience working on and publishing investigative journalism articles regarding transnational organized crime.
  • Be available to attend the in-person workshop in Dakar between 15-19 April.

Desirable qualifications include previous, evidenced experience reporting on IUU fishing, trafficking in persons, and/or forestry crimes.

Application deadline

Applications close February 1, 2024

How to Apply

To apply, click here. You can also click here for more information.

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