In 2014, the IWMF created the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative (AGLRI), building on the success of earlier IWMF reporting trips to the Western Sahara and to the Eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The IWMF designed this program to support journalists interested in pursuing stories that go beyond the well-established narratives of political instability, armed conflicts, and humanitarian crises in the region. From 2015 to 2018, the IWMF has led groups of international female journalists to the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The AGLRI also provides trainings and offers support for in-country journalists in the program countries. These efforts include essential security training to help journalists stay safe in the field and quality reporting support.
Through this initiative, IWMF Fellows have covered a wide range of under-reported issues including issues of empowerment, democracy, food security, and conservation efforts. Their work has been produced and published by leading media outlets around the world.
The AGLRI ended in 2018, with the program’s last trip to the Central African Republic. In January 2019, a group of women from the more than 14 countries across the African continent joined to take part in a Leadership Bootcamp hosted by the IWMF and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers.
The African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative is funded by a generous gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.