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The Intersection of Journalism and Foreign Aid

The University of Leeds is conducting an interesting symposium examining the link between foreign aid and journalism, particularly in Africa and South America. How do you think foreign aid has impacted our journalistic integrity? 

Read the blurb below for more details: 

This symposium will examine the influence and impact over the years of foreign aid on journalism practice and education. In so doing, it aims at developing a research agenda to examine issues and problems arising from the intersection between journalism, foreign aid, public diplomacy and foreign policy in historical and current contexts. Although the geographical focus is Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, we will welcome scholarly contributions from other areas of the Global South. The format of the event is explorative and therefore full papers are not necessary at this stage. The idea is to discover opportunities for collaborative research including joint research grants and publications as well as other types of exchanges.

This event is the first of three public meetings of the Development Assistance and independent journalism in Africa and Latin America: A cross-national and multidisciplinary research network project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Department for International Development (DFID) under the auspices of the Global Challenges Research Fund; it is also part of the continuing Media and Governance in Latin America series of symposia (most recently convened in 2016 as a IAMCR preconference).  The symposium today is organised by the Global Communication Research Group of the University of Leeds School of Media and Communication.

Questions that the project aims at addressing include (but are not limited to)


  • What has been the role of international development assistance in shaping journalistic approaches and practices in Africa and Latin America and what are the consequences?

  • What is the existing body of research concerning this issue?

  • What has been the role of development assistance in shaping journalism education in Africa and Latin America?

  • To what extent has international development assistance fostered or inhibited independent journalism in Africa and Latin America?

  • What are the similarities and differences in the direct and indirect impacts of development assistance of journalism from the US, UK and other donors?

  • What are the continuities and discontinuities concerning the impact of development assistance on journalism practice and education in the post-Cold War era?

  • How has international development assistance either directly or indirectly affecting journalism been perceived by journalists, politicians and the general public in the beneficiary countries?

  • What interventions could be developed to counter any negative consequences of these traditions?

Planned outcomes:


  • Edited Special Issue of a Journal

  • Edited collection of essays in a book.

  • Joint grant applications

  • Collaborative PhD scholarships

Convenors: Dr Jairo Lugo-Ocando & Dr. Chris Paterson, School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds

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Headline: Young Nigerians Giving Back!

Transparent Nigeria is awakening from its slumber to highlight the strong work of Okechukwu (Oke) Iweala and the OKE, Peace, Love & Light Foundation for the start of 2017. The Foundation is raising money to renovate and rehabilitate the Karonmajigi Primary School in Abuja, Nigeria.

We all know the statistics - Nigeria's literacy rate amongst youth aged 15-24 is just 59.6%, a number that drops to 49.7% when focusing on girls alone. This alone may be a cause of despair, but as Nigerians, we alone have the power to change our situation. This is a fact that Oke knows well and has internalized by devoting resources and energy to make the Karonmajigi Primary School a more hospitable learning environment by simple improvements such as: installing a bore hole, building toilets with functioning plumbing, and repairing the broken school building ceilings and floors. 

The Foundation is raising $10,500 to finish the school renovations by the end of Q1 2017. You can find more by going to the indiegogo project that we started to help him reach his goal. Go and donate now!  

 

We have to support our Young NIgerians who are Giving Back!

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New Data!

To our readers, we're happy to announce updatees to our data platform. We recently came across the federal allocations for 2014, and use the opportunity to also restructure our presentation of data. As any modern business should, we're leveraging the cloud, and we have the allocations data available for download with a simple click to our publically shared google drive. 

Amidst changes in the price of oil and disputes between the Federal and State governments over remittances, we hope that the data is useful in helping the inclined draw accurate conclusions on Nigeria's fiscal state. We also hope that any work / insights that are gained from the data will be shared on our research platform

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TN's Innovations

At Transparent Nigeria, we are true to our name. We believe in transparency and we believe in Nigeria. We also believe in innovation. For those reasons, we've made some changes to the site that we think our readers, researchers, and users will find interesting. 

The goal of our first innovation is to democratize the information we present on the site. We have been working tirelessly to build up our offered data so that academics interested in analyzing different facets of Nigerian life from the tax system to the economy could find the statistics they need. To democratize our presented information, we opened up the data upload feature to anyone who visits and has valuable data they want to share. Whether you are the financial econometrics professor with SEC data on Nigeria's recent volatility in the stock market, or the census field worker with data on the demographics of your district, feel free to upload your data to our servers with our simple tool. Our admin team reviews all data that is uploaded, and once approved and verified, the data is available to the entire world to view, download, and enjoy. 

The goal of our second innovation is to promote research on topics concerning Nigeria. As academics ourselves, we've been frustrated at the dearth of investigation on critical sectors of Nigerian life, from its arts and its culture to critical infrastructural sectors such as health and education. Our solution to fix this problem is to build a portal whereby all academics can share the research on Nigeria that they are currently conducting, and solicit help from our larger community and indeed the Internet to further their research. The idea is that not only will we help to build an institutional knowledge that every Nigerian will be proud of and happy to know, but also we will a) give exposure to the bright minds that Nigeria produces and b) encourage investment and further investigation into critical sectors of the economy. After all, people are only willing to invest in what they know. 

Our third innovation is designed to better share the content of our site. We have just developed and launched a weekly digest that will recap original investigative article and editorials from our staff, the top trending articles of the week from our News section, the headline articles that cover the week's most impactful developments, and finally some of the most interesting research projects that have been posted on our site. Expect to see this colorful and informative email every Friday. 

We at TN are excited and committed to the cause of being the central information hub for all things concerning Nigeria. We love our country and know that you love it to. We hope that our site will become a new model for media and engagement. May all things shrouded in secrecy become clear, and may all our questions be answered! 

TN Team

 

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Climb Higher With Nigeria's Fastest Growing Portal

Transparent Nigeria is enjoying massive growth in its user base due to a relentless focus on aggregating all information related to Nigeria across the Internet. Below we present a chance for companies to join in on our exciting growth. Support the portal that's an embodiment of Nigeria and Africa rising. 

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Our New Data Portal!

We're happy and excited to share with you our newly designed data portal, with 215 uploaded and searchable reports from the National Bureau of Statistics and other government agencies!

We have been working hard to find the best way to deliver more data to the public. We've been encouraged by the reception we've received, having met with the leadership at the National Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Communication Technology.

We hope that our newly designed data portal is of use to our membership, and we're working actively to develop more partnerships to grow Transparent Nigeria into a data and research hub. We would be happy to post other data and documents that are shared with us, and we appreciate you spreading the word as far and as wide as possible. If you believe in our mission, please get in touch to find out how you can support us clear the path to tomorrow!

TN Team

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We're In! So What's The Controversy?

Praise the Heavens! Nigeria qualified for the round of 16. And while the team had its ups and downs, it did so with fortitude and determination, despite the 3-2 loss to Argentina on Wednesday. We should take the performance to heart because the Super Eagles proved that they can rise to the occasion and bring out their best when challenged. This is why we weren't too worried when the team lost to USA in the friendly before the World Cup, and why we didn't think we'd flame out after our tie to Iran.

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Bosnia, Argentina, And Everything Else

Bosnia…

On Saturday, Nigeria walked into the match with Bosnia knowing that only a victory could keep their World Cup hopes alive. A defeat would almost certainly eliminate them from the tournament. Following a clumsy match against Iran that led to a goalless draw, they had to play better, and they did.

The team started the match with a renewed energy and made changes from the onset. In a surprise decision, Manager Stephen Keshi benched star forward Victor Moses in favor of Michael Babatunde. Additionally, winger Peter Odemwingie got the start following an impressive performance off the bench in their match against Iran. The difference in play was clear.

From the start of the match, the Super Eagles attacked with a vigor that they did not possess in the first match. Ahmed Musa began the game streaking down the flanks and wreaking havoc among the Bosnian defense. Similarly, Odemwingie added additional flare and energy to the attack. Although he narrowly missed a free kick within the first 10 minutes of the match, his runs down the right flank and attacking potency were apparent throughout.

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How The Super Eagles Can Advance

The first match in Group F went about according to plan as Argentina defeated Bosnia 2-1 on the back of Messi's dazzling winner. That set the stage for a faceoff between Nigeria and Iran on Monday in Curitaba. Nigeria, though they had not won in eight previous World Cup matches, came in as the favorites to beat Iran fresh off their 2013 African Nations Cup win. However, a lackluster effort produced a 0-0 draw. The first tie of the 2014 World Cup. So what does this mean for Nigeria?

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Know Your Team

Nigeria's first match is almost here! While you get prepared to throw your full-throated support behind the team, we thought it would be wise to give you a list and background of all the players on the 23 man roster. That way you can personalize and direct your cheers (or, hopefully less likely, your curses) to the right person. 

Defense

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World Cup Fever

It’s started and the celebrations are on! Many feared that protests would disrupt the whole show, but they weren’t enough to stop the games from being played. And now that Brazil won their first match, the fever of happiness, anticipation, and joy of sport has reached new levels. 

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Why The Super Eagles' Loss to USA Isn't the End of the World

We know millions of Nigerians around the world were watching the friendly match with USA this past Saturday and groaning. By the 68th minute, Nigeria was down 2-0 and undoubetdly the exclamations from our fans were: "How can?? 2-0? Na wow for these Supa Eagles ooo!"

But despite the loss, with the scoreline eventually ending 2-1, there were signs in the match that give Nigerians reason to be hopeful for the performance the Super Eagles will showcase when the World Cup starts. 

1. In our article on Nigeria's first friendly with Greece, we commented that the players seemed to be putting in 70%. The same is true in this case. Our energy and demeanor out the gate can only be described as "cool." Being too cool is not necessarily optimal, as players with more intensity will win all the 50-50 balls, but then playing it cool before the tournament can avoid uncessary injuries such as happened to German midfielder Marco Reus on Friday during Germany's friendly with Armenia. Other notable stars that are injured include Frank Ribery (France), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), and Theo Walcott (England). Why add another Nigerian to the list? We're already suffering from the unsepcified injury to Echiejile. When the World Cup starts, trust Keshi to tell the players to leave aboslutely everything on the pitch. 100% effort combined with our superior size and athleticism bodes well for our performance. 

 

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The Road To Brazil Starts In Philadelphia, USA

Everybody's excited. The Super Eagles are about to make the country proud in Brazil. But what fire and energy is the team bringing to the event? The TN Team followed the Super Eagles to the City of Brotherly Love in Philadelphia, USA to find out. And what an apt city to hold Nigeria's first friendly in the run up to the World Cup. The biggest sports franchise in Philadelphia is the American footbal team, the Eagles, so we figured we'd be bringing plenty of home support to the match. In fact the Super Eagles did have support. There were fans who drove 12 hours from Chicago to watch the match. They're still smiling as you can see below. No wonder, they fully expect Nigeria to reach the semifinal stage!

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Music Corner

New hit by O.K.E. Share this if you want to hear this on your naija playlist!

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Transparent Nigeria's World Cup

Nigeria is getting ready to perform on the biggest stage. The World Cup starts in June. Can the globe's richest African nation prove its glory in Brazil? That's the question Nigerians will be asking, and the question the Super Eagles must answer. Transparent Nigeria will be the place you'll get the best report. 

For entire month of June, follow the Transparent Nigeria correspondents as we deliver an inside, 360 degree access to the World Cup experience. Don't just get a recap of the game, be there. If you are a fan or a business looking for an ideal World Cup product to sponsor, you've come to the best place. Read more to find out why.  

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Music Corner

Enjoy the sounds of our Naija Revolution Mix by DJ Cheech. An hour + of good music. Happy Weekend!

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Improving Business Registration in Nigeria
Registering a company in Nigeria can be a frustrating process. A lot of waiting, sitting, and variable payments are required. Everything is done by paper. Huge volumes of tattered and browning paper are compiled in reams and stored in large filing cabinets. The Corporate Affairs Commission, the parastatal responsible for business registration, has taken a commendable first step to compiling the necessary information on its we...Continue Reading
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The Trouble With Finding Data
The TN Team is in the process of writing a couple papers regarding the health care industry in Nigeria. We want to find simple data pieces like the degree to which total health expenditures in Nigeria is rising annually. We have no where to find this data easily. We acknowledge it may be hiding in some university library somewhere, but we can tell you one thing, we can't find this data anywhere online (that's the best wa...Continue Reading
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Good To See Sports Statesmen Coming Back
Hakeem Olajuwon, the basketball legend, was around to help promote the potential for basketball to be a driving force for sport and education in Nigeria. We applaud such moves. We wish for more of our sports statesmen who have accomplished very many wonderful things under the Nigeria banner to come back and give back. Though it may not seem so, the people and most importantly the kids, the future of Nigeria, appreciate it. Well ...Continue Reading
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Partnership with Harvard African Students
We're excited to announce a partnership between Transparent Nigeria and the African students at Harvard University in a new educational venture to provide online tutoring for our readership using the services provided by Gold Test Prep.  If you aspire to world-class education at leading educational instituions such as Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, and MIT, then rigorous preparation for the entrance exams and school mat...Continue Reading
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How the FIRS Helps Nigeria's Revenues
Amidst all the worrisome reports about Nigeria losing out on major oil revenues from oil bunkering and pipeline disruptions, it's a good thing to understand what the other revenue streams of the federal government are producing. Increasing the domestic tax base is a key reform to solve the cash flow issues that the government is currently working through. The FIRS has done a commendable job thus far, raising their revenues m...Continue Reading
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Support Us
Dear Readers,  We are excited to soon celebrate another birthday of our dear country! We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you all our goals and to ask for your support in helping Transparent Nigeria, especially during an upcoming year of campaigning and politiciking that will pivotal in our country's history.  We are launching a new sponsorship campaign, which we have simplified to...Continue Reading
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TN is a Winner!
At Transparent Nigeria, we normally focus on one thing only: bringing you the latest info and the sharpest insights on Nigeria's cultural-geo-political-socioeconomic situation. But we want to take a moment to celebate. Transparent Nigeria was selected as one of the 40 United Nations' World Summit Award Winners! We were voted by the Grand Jury as best and most innovative in e-content, specifically e-Government a...Continue Reading
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Making of Champions
We want to highlight the good work of Adebambo Akani who is a passionate supporter of Nigerian athletics and is doing an excellent job of profiling Nigeria's top track and field athletes as they compete on the world stage.  The video above captures the feats of Delta's own Blessing Okagbare as she set a African record of 10.79 seconds in the 100m dash. That on top of her excellent performances in the long ju...Continue Reading
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Splitting the Pie
A recent NOI-Polls survey indicated that a majority of Nigerians (61%) advocate for a decentralization of revenue allocation. That is, the states and local government areas should be responsible for receiving more of the national income to carry out development projects closer to home. In theory, this would be a welcome development. When the officials responsible for managing the public’s money and overseeing developm...Continue Reading
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