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As part of the Money Trail project, Finance Uncovered and Free Press Unlimited offer six training courses focused on how to investigate tax abuse, money laundering and corruption plus digital safety. The next training will take place in Nairobi (postponed until further notice).

We are delighted to invite applications from journalists, campaigners and academics from Africa who would like to attend our five-day financial investigative journalism and digital security training course in Nairobi.

The dates for our Nairobi training will be:

Postponed until further notice


You do not need to have a financial background to apply but we consider it important when selecting candidates to see evidence of your investigative prowess and experience. Class instructions will take place in English.

Deadline for application is Monday 9 March 2020; 18h00 GMT.


Why attend?

Over five days, you will be shown how to investigate corporate accounts, offshore activity and corporate corruption. Finance Uncovered will show you where to find documents, how to analyse them and other practical tools to help uncover financial secrecy. In addition, Free Press Unlimited will demonstrate how you can secure both the actors in your investigation and the investigation itself by improving your risk assessment and security skills.

A combination of hands-on training and guidance from senior practitioners will give you the basis to investigate financial corruption as well as offering the opportunity to network with other journalists and activists.


Content and timetable

Day 1-3: Introduction to investigation illicit finance by Finance Uncovered:

The course aims to help participants understand:

  • the building blocks of the offshore world
  • how to access and interpret company accounts
  • where to access other company information
  • the methodology behind the ground-breaking tax avoidance investigations into Google, SAB Miller and Vodafone – by the journalists who conducted them
  • how to investigate and report corruption stories
  • how to track the international policy agenda relating to illicit financial flows
  • how to use Freedom of Information laws in different jurisdictions


Day 4-5: Digital Security by Free Press Unlimited:

A safe working environment is essential for investigative journalists. Journalists work with sensitive information, so keeping you, your data and your sources secure is paramount. During the last two days of our training, Free Press Unlimited will focus on advanced digital security techniques, including encryption, secure communication and methods to stay “under the radar” during investigations. This includes:

  • Device security, how to keep one’s equipment secure
  • Online security, how to safely operate online
  • Mobile security, how to safely use digital equipment on-the-road, including telephones and other devices
  • Social media security, how to safely use social media for research and publication


A more detailed timetable will be provided prior to training.


Bursaries available

Bursaries are available for journalists, activists and researchers from Africa. Bursaries cover visa fees, travel and accommodation. Due to the limited number of bursaries, applicants will be selected on their track record in investigative journalism. Activists will have to demonstrate some economic justice research and campaign experience. As we tend to be over-subscribed some candidates will be placed on a waiting list.

How to apply: 

To apply please fill in the online application form . Please do not copy and paste entire articles into the form, where possible, please provide links or a few lines summary of the article plus date of publication. The deadline for your application is Monday 9 March 2020 at 18h00 GMT. Successful attendants will be informed by the end of March.


Suggested Readings:

  • SAB Miller’s tax avoidance in Ghana, Associated British Food’s tax avoidance in Zambia.
  • Tom Bergen’s award winning Reuters investigation into tax abuse by Starbuck, the coffee chain here.
  • Here is a summary of the Finance Uncovered cross-border investigation into Africa’s biggest telecom company involving four African journalists who took our course.
  • Reports from TJN on Price of Offshore Revisited.
  • Simon Bowers ICIJ Paradise Papers article on Nike.

Suggested free online digital security courses by Free Press Unlimited’s Totem project: