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Thursday, October 8 • 15:00 - 16:00
How to Investigate the World Bank (and Other Aid Orgs] Using Their Own Data

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ICIJ’s Evicted & Abandoned investigation revealed the hidden toll of projects financed by the planet’s best-known development lender: the World Bank. Over the last decade, projects funded by the bank have cost 3.4 million people their homes, part of their land, or some of their livelihoods, while the bank has regularly violated its own rules for protecting these vulnerable populations.

The panelists will offer tips on how to investigate development aid, drawing on the lessons of the World Bank project. They will describe the main challenges faced reporting in the field, conducting data analysis, and dealing with the World Bank, and how these experiences apply to reporting on the lucrative and often unaccountable field of development aid. Among the topics to be addressed:

         - Developing inside sources in international organizations
         - Reporting on development projects in conflict areas and in countries hostile to the press
          -Responding to aggressive public relations campaigns against your story
         - Creating a database from unstructured and incomplete data
         - Verifying data with an organization that is trying to undermine your story

This session is done in collaboration with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).

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Sheila S. Coronel

Academic dean, Columbia University
SHEILA S. CORONEL is academic dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. She is concurrently also director of the Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism and Stabile professor of professional practice. She began her reporting career in the Philippines... Read More →

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Sasha Chavkin

Reporter, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Sasha Chavkin is a reporter for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. He was ICIJ's lead reporter for the Evicted & Abandoned investigation, which explored forced displacement and human rights abuses in development projects funded by the World Bank. He was a... Read More →
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Lourdes Ramirez

Directora, Café Informativo
Lourdes Ramírez is a journalist based in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, who specializes in violence prevention and social coexistence, transparency and investigative journalism. She has been a consultant for the UN and nonprofit organizations on human rights, human development, violence... Read More →
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Cecile Schillis-Gallego

data journalist, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
Cécile Schilis-Gallego is a data journalist and researcher for ICIJ. She graduated in 2014 from Columbia Journalism School (US) and Sciences Po Journalism School (France) with a master's degree in investigative reporting. She is a 2014-2015 Brown Institute Magic Grantee, working on a investigative data project aiming at making financial statements of public companies more transparent and more accessible to journalists. She previously contributed to the French webzine Slate.fr... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 15:00 - 16:00 CEST
Lillehammer 3 (Presentations/Panels)

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