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May 16, 2022

REPORT: The ACRP in the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF22), Lagos, Nigeria. 27-28 April 2022

The Africa-China Reporting Project (the Project), in collaboration with Paradigm Initiative, a pan African social enterprise, participated in the Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum (DRIF 22) in Lagos, Nigeria, 27-28 April 2022.

The Digital Rights and Inclusion Forum is an important platform where conversations on digital policy in Africa are shaped, policy directions debated and partnerships forged for action. The Africa-China Reporting Project participated in this hybrid event, with a panel of four Nigerian journalists who are previous recipients of reporting grants awards and participants to training workshops by the Project. The journalists presented the impact of their published investigations, and a robust discussion was held during the QnA session on the contents of their reportage and the conducted fieldwork. The Project also presented the impact of its partnerships, in advancing media support to reporting on Digital identity systems, good ID, data and technology in Africa.

Session title: Journalists investigations and impact on digital identity, data and technology in Africa
Moderator: Khadijah El-Usman, Program Officer, Paradigm Initiative
Speaker 1: Bongiwe Tutu (The impact of the Africa-China Reporting Project’s collaboration, partnerships and support for journalism on Digital identity, data and technology in Africa)
Speaker 2: Michelle Agoh (The use and ownership of double or multiple permanent voters card and its threat to democracy)
Speaker 3: Ifedayo Ogunyemi (Persons with disabilities suffer compulsory NIN enrolment at NIMC personnel facilities)
Speaker 4: Temitope Obayendo (How Nigerian health workers violate patient’s rights with impunity)
Speaker 5: Tunde Omolehin (Data for fraud: How biometric system exposes Nigerians to cyber thieves)

In 2021, the Africa-China Reporting Project awarded 10 reporting grants to journalists in Nigeria to investigate the complex issues and developments to Digital identity, data and technology in Africa. The selected 10 journalists also participated in the Journalism Workshop on Digital Identity, Data & Technology in Africa, 23-26 August 2021, Abuja, Nigeria for capacity building and upskilling in the Digital Journalism Workshop and the Digital Academy.  Ahead of this, in 2019, the Project supported 9 journalists in the form of reporting grants awards and skills training workshops on the specific elements to understanding and reporting on Digital identity systems, good ID, data and technology in Africa.  These journalists received training in their participation to the Journalism Workshop on Digital identity, data and technology in Africa, 28-31 October, Johannesburg, South Africa.   A book publication encompassing of all the investigations, workshop reports and vast journalists resources was produced at launched at the DRIF22. See below videos of the Forum, Journalists resources and the book publication.

WATCH: Highlights - The ACRP in the DRIF22, 27-28 April 2022, Lagos, Nigeria.

WATCH: Full video - The ACRP in the DRIFF22, 27-28 April 2022, Lagos, Nigeria.

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