ACRP Reporting Grants 2022 on Digital Identity, Data & Technology in Africa


This is to inform you that applications for the ACRP Reporting Grants 2022 on Digital Identity, Data, and Technology in Africa are now open. You’ll find all of the required information on how to apply, eligibility, requirements, deadline, and grant amount below.
Appropriately qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for the 2022 ACRP Reporting Grants on Digital Identity, Data, and Technology in Africa. Interested applicants should adhere to the information and processes outlined on this page in order to be considered for this position.
With sponsorship from Omidyar Network and in conjunction with Paradigm Initiative, the Africa-China Reporting Project (ACRP) at the Wits Centre for Journalism in Johannesburg invites journalists worldwide to submit applications for reporting fellowships.

Successful applicants will receive a reporting grant to investigate issues surrounding digital identity, surveillance, internet shutdowns, online freedom of expression, access to information, privacy, Internet access, women’s rights online, digital empowerment for underserved communities, inclusive digital access, and data privacy in Africa.

The ACRP will also participate in the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF): Towards a digitally inclusive and rights-respecting Africa, which will take place in Nigeria on 27-28 April. A panel of journalists will be selected from the previous Digital identity, data, and technology in Africa workshops and reporting grant series in 2019 and 2021 to reflect on the impact of their published investigations.

Potentially Investigated Issues

The following themes might help journalists narrow down specific areas to investigate when it comes to challenges of digital identity in Nigeria/West Africa:

• Government-issued identification cards at the regional, national, and community levels (e.g., plans/promises, purposes/rationales, best practices and problems, public responses and experiences, lessons learned and application in African nations)

• Data practices in the private sector (e.g. industry approaches to data protection, consent, privacy policies, cyber security, data sharing, Know-Your-Customer requirements, technology innovations, compliance with regulation, breaches, penalties and positive incentives).

• Governance, regulation, transparency, and accountability (e.g., privacy and data protection laws, CCTV/surveillance laws, standards, and codes of conduct, independent oversight at regional or continental levels, grievance procedures, procurement procedures, litigation, budgets, public engagement, access and representation, data bill of rights, and data trusts);

• Technological advancements and start-up companies (e.g., privacy-by-design; “reg tech”; the promise of blockchain; the implications of biometrics and “adtech”; privacy-protecting tools; encryption; identities traded on the dark web; de-identification; open-source code; the benefits and unintended consequences of how technology is used or consumed; ethical uses of technology and data; social credit scoring algorithms; artificial intelligence to sharpen identification;

• Foreign partnerships and investors (e.g., data collection and localization by private companies, African perspectives on such collaborations, technology transfers, and adoption of systems first piloted outside of Africa, Chinese firms’ AI-based identification systems based on CCTV and government ID databases).

• Development and security agendas, as well as human rights (e.g., data for good, inclusion, design-based discrimination, IDs for migrants and refugees, citizenship/immigration issues, humanitarian crises, links to poverty alleviation and youth empowerment, African perspectives on the liberties enabled or threatened by a digital identity).

• Dangers and consequences (e.g. use of identity information that results in surveillance, exclusion, manipulation, discrimination, oppression, violence, financial loss and reputation issues, distrust and power imbalances).

• Current events and research (e.g. emerging issues and use cases across communities, the rise of self-asserted IDs, customer preferences, trust in institutions, breaches and identity theft, fraud, technology failure).

• Privacy and user control (e.g., an African perspective on privacy, privacy as a fundamental right/public good vs. fee-based service, consumer rights, commercialisation of our identities, treating African data as an African resource, data ownership experiences in Africa, Africa-based data agents/fiduciaries).


• Selected candidates will receive a $1,000 reporting grant.


• Open to journalists from all around the world.

• Applicants may be independent contractors or journalists employed in a newsroom.

Application for ACRP Reporting Grants 2022 in Africa on Digital Identity, Data, and Technology

The following is the application procedure for the ACRP Reporting Grants 2022 on Digital Identity, Data, and Technology in Africa 2022:

Applications must be submitted to by Thursday, April 21, 2022, and must include the following (only MS Word or PDF documents will be accepted):

• Curriculum Vitae of Applicant

• A concise proposal stating (a) the topic to be researched, including a clear headline and explanation of the story’s relevance and significance, (b) the investigation process, (c) the recommended publication/platform, and (d) an itemized budget of no more than US$1,000.

• If applicable, a list of previously published relevant reports.

The deadline – The final day to apply

Grants for Reporting 2022 on Digital Identity, Data, and Technology in Africa The deadline for this chance is April 21, 2022 –

Expiration date: 20 days

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