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Friday, October 9 • 12:00 - 13:00
Building Your Own Research Database

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Building data and research bases for 18 Arab states from scratch:

In this session, Hamoud Almahmoud, in charge of setting up the Arab world’s first data and research center, shares his drive to collecting on-line/off-line records in 18 Arab countries where the right to access information is non-existent, except for Jordan, Tunisia and Yemen. He shows how the Amman-based Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ), can help journalists benefit from a trove of registration records for Arab companies, profiles of investors and official gazettes, and court cases. He offers tips on how to search for data in the region where spelling the names of businessmen, investors and companies may differ from country to country.  

Khadija Sharife will focus on the concept of Africa's Double Offshore, using the example of Nigeria's hidden deepwater economy, catalysing loss of revenue in multiple forms through the parallel fiscal regime. Nigeria's offshore is characterised by maritime and corporate secrecy, use of tax havens, imprecise and vague national and international legislation, facilitating opacity and leakage in form and flow.  This project includes an academic report, investigative pieces, and a website (doubleoffshore.org), still being populated, that focuses primarily on rig ownership relocated to virtual political economies governed by secrecy. 

Eva Constantaras will discuss challenges in accessing developing country data on opium eradication, arms trafficking, and public procurement. In Kenya, civil society groups are generating valuable data from parliamentary monitoring, extractive industry documents and budget analysis that have led to major investigations. Experiments in structured journalism in Central America are also mapping out power structures of organized crime.

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Crina Boros

Investigative Reporter | Data Journalism Visiting Lecturer
A data-driven watchdog reporter based in London, I've also been training data journalism across the map. An IRE member and offspring of the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ), I've published with Reuters, the BBC, ICIJ, openDemocracy, Greenpeace Unearthed, Euobserver, The Black... Read More →

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Hamoud Almahmoud

Investigative journalist, Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism
Hamoud Almahmoud is editor-in-chief at Harvard Business Review Arabia. He is the former head of the ARIJ research desk. He works as an investigative reporter and editor, a coach for ARIJ, a lecturer at Damascus University, an editor of (Aliqtisadi) Business Magazine and the Aliqtisadi.com... Read More →
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Eva Constantaras

Data Journalism Advisor, Internews
Eva Constantaras is a data and investigative journalist and a trainer specialised in cross-border journalism projects to combat corruption and encourage transparency. She has worked in Latin America, Asia and East Africa on topics ranging from displacement and kidnapping by organised... Read More →
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Khadija Sharife

Africa Editor, OCCRP
Khadija Sharife is an investigative journalist, researcher and Africa editor at OCCRP. She is the director of Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique, board member of Finance Uncovered and fellow with the World Policy Institute. Previously she was the editor at... Read More →

Friday October 9, 2015 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
Birkebeiner 2 (Data Presentation)

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