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What we do

A key goal for Africa Check is to foster and support a community of nonpartisan fact-checkers across the continent.

We sort fact from fiction, every day. We identify important public statements, interrogate the best available evidence and publish fact-checking reports to guide public debate. You can read our reports, spot checks, factsheets and guides on our website. 

But fact-checking alone won’t address the complex problem of false information and a lack of access to accurate information in Africa. Our multi-pronged approach fosters fact-checking and makes it easy to get reliable information on important topics. 

Since 2014, our annual African Fact-Checking Awards have recognised journalists who have debunked dangerous and misleading statements in the public domain.

A key goal for Africa Check is to foster and support a community of nonpartisan fact-checkers across the continent. To this end, we launched the Africa Facts network in 2017 – a community of African fact-checkers who share knowledge and skills, and collaborate to fight the spread of false information.

Our annual fellowship programme for journalists serves the same purpose. It gives fellows the opportunity to get in-depth fact-checking training, practical experience and insight into running a fact-checking organisation. 

Reports

Spot checks

Factsheets

Guides

In 2020, we kicked off #KeepTheFactsGoing, a media literacy campaign in six languages. Each week we send out a WhatsApp voice note that brings fact-checking skills to our audience and debunks common health myths. The episodes are also aired on local radio stations in South Africa. 

Access to accurate information is an important part of both fact-checking and day-to-day life. Our Info Finder tool, a repository of facts from the work of African fact-checkers, helps journalists and the public find good quality data. 

Africa Check also publishes independent fact-checking research and evaluations to increase understanding of the impact of fact-checking, promote fact-checking research in Africa, and develop evidence-based approaches in the field.

Africa Facts network

Africa Facts network

A key goal for Africa Check is to foster and support a community of nonpartisan fact-checkers across the continent. Africa Facts, launched in 2017, is a network of fact-checkers from across the continent who share their knowledge and skills, and collaborate to fight the spread of false information.

Africa Fact-checking Awards

Africa Fact-checking Awards

We honour journalism by Africa-based media in the expanding field of fact-checking. Categories include Fact-Check of the Year by a Working Journalist and Fact-Check of the Year by a Student Journalist. The fact-checking report should expose a claim on an important topic made by a public figure or institution in Africa as misleading or wrong.

Fellowships & mentorships

Fellowships & mentorships

Our annual fellowship programme gives journalists the opportunity to get in-depth fact-checking training and practical experience, and gain insights into running a fact-checking organisation.

info finder

Info Finder

Info Finder is a repository of facts from African fact-checkers’ work. It contains more than 300 facts in a Q&A format. We answer reader questions in our #YouAsked category and assist journalists with data and verification challenges on our helpdesk.

Promise Tracker

Promise Tracker

They campaigned and promised to change your life for the better. You voted for them. But have they kept their word? We pick out key promises made by governments in Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal and Kenya and track progress on them.

Training

Training

TRi Facts is Africa Check’s training, research and information unit. It offers a range of fact-checking workshops, verification and research services and consulting with a focus on identifying and communicating facts.