Africa Check is a non-profit organisation, headquartered in South Africa as a non-profit Trust, registration number IT000728/2015(C). It is registered as Africa Check Foundation in Kenya and operates in Nigeria and Senegal through representative offices. Founded in London in 2012 as a Community Interest Company, control of the organisation passed to the SA-registered Trust at the start of 2019. Information on 2012-2017 accounts is available on this link at UK Companies House. 2018 accounts will be added once audited. 2019 accounts will be published in South Africa.
Diversity & transparency of funding
As a leading supporter of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) and its Code of Principles, Africa Check is committed to transparency about our funding and organisation.
Our commitment since we were launched in 2012 with just one funder – the Vienna-based International Press Institute – has been to increase and diversify the number of our financial supporters, to ensure that no donor has a controlling influence. In 2014, a small group of foundations and trusts provided 100% of our income. In 2018, that group has grown and diversified and earned income and corporate sponsors account for 17% of income. As verified by the IFCN’s independent assessment of our work each year, we ensure that funders have no influence over the conclusions we reach in our reports.
Africa Check’s mission and work is supported by TRI Facts (PTY) Ltd, our training and research business unit, registered in South Africa as (Registration number (2018/623180/07).
In addition, we are also grateful to the AFP news agency for continuing support and to the Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, the EJICOM journalism school in Dakar, the Graduate School of Media & Communication at the Aga Khan University in Nairobi and the UK fact-checking organisation Full Fact in London for hosting our teams in those countries.
Income since 2012
Since 2012 our income has increased as follows, thanks to the fabulous support we receive from a growing range of partners, enabling us to extend our work in South Africa and open and expand our operations to Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal, as well as operating awards and training programmes to promote fact-checking more widely.
2012 $57,973 (£45,648) 2013 $103,972 (£81,868) 2014 $166,953 (£131,459) 2015 $198,990 (£150,517) 2016 $600,516 (£472,847) 2017 $951,573 (£749,270) 2018* $1,348,104 (1,061,499) [Draft figures]
The details set out above can be checked via these records at UK Companies House.
Africa Check depends on the support and assistance of our key partners, our funders and our allies in the media and civil society. These include WELL KNOWN organisations to most of us:
- Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications is a leading media school based in Kenya providing training to media and communication professionals to collect and analyse information, connect with audiences and tell compelling stories across multiple platforms.
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is guided by the belief that every life has equal value and works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health with vaccines and other life-saving tools and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to significantly improve education so that all young people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
- Ejicom is a leading school of Higher Education in Journalism, Communication and Digital Media. Based in Dakar, Senegal and founded in 2011, Ejicom trains journalism students in high-level media skills focusing on innovation in digital and new media in its training programmes. It is a pioneer in the field in francophone sub-Saharan Africa.
- KAS Media Africa, the Sub-Saharan Media Programme of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, believes that a free and independent media is crucial for democracy and is committed to the development and maintenance of a diverse media landscape on the continent, the monitoring role of journalism and ethically based political communication.
- Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation focused on empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. It was established in 2018 by Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay.
- Millennium Trust is a private philanthropic trust, established in 2010 with the objective to support individuals, organisations and projects with innovative approaches to promoting constitutional rights, sustained economic growth, high quality education, informed public debate, independent democratic institutions and efficient service delivery in South Africa. The trust currently supports more than forty projects in a variety of thematic areas.The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. Working with local communities in more than 100 countries, the Open Society Foundations support justice and human rights, freedom of expression, and access to public health and education. They have provided funding since 2013.
- The RAITH Foundation is privately funded grant-maker, not politically affiliated and does not raise funds from the public. The foundation area of focus is on systemic injustice and unfairness that prevails in SA and seeks effective and lasting solutions.
- Shuttleworth Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to implement innovative ideas for social change. If focuses on exceptional ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge and learning, with openness being the key requirement.
- Social Justice Initiative partners with other foundations to identify, monitor and evaluate appropriate and reputable social justice organisations. The SJI also connects philanthropists to social justice projects that interest them and manages expectations from both sides.
- Standard Bank is a financial services provider with a 154-year history in South Africa. It currently operates in 20 countries on the African continent as well as in other selected emerging markets.
- The Journalism Department of the University of the Witwatersrand, located in Johannesburg, is one of the leading centres for the teaching of journalism in South Africa.
AFP has been integral to the establishment and growth of Africa Check since our inception in 2012. AFP is a global news agency covering the events shaping our world from conflicts to politics, sports, entertainment and the latest breakthroughs in health, science and technology. With 2,300 staff spread across almost every country, AFP covers the world 24 hours a day in six languages.
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Compare the “sponsors” with the SA Parliament as well – and also other political parties and organisations in SA (B-BBEE).
WHO IS IN CHARGE OF SOUTH AFRICA
Parliament – Constitution – Codesa – Writers of the Constitution – Idasa
ALL is part of Soros