About Us

The Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development (CJID) is a West African media innovation and development think tank. 

Founded in 2014 as a non-governmental organisation in Nigeria, the Centre has been a leader in investigative journalism, innovation, open data, verification, the promotion of journalist welfare and safety, elections and the freedom of information and expression. In 2020, the CJID expanded its footprints beyond Nigeria and moved into specific niches in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia and The Gambia.

Who We Are


Leverage journalism, innovation and open data to promote democratic accountability in the service of inclusive and sustainable development.


Enable a media landscape that advances the values of democracy.

Our Mandate

Build West Africa’s media capacity to provide an effective interface for civil society and governance institutions

Incubate sustainable media franchises through technology and business model innovations for a digital age

Deepen the development discourse in the media and tackle information disorder through investigative stories and policy research

Advocate for freedom of information and expression, digital rights and other forms of human rights

Support elections, judiciary, legislative institutions, and law enforcement as accountability mechanisms for democracy.

Our Key Acheivements

Core Values






Your report on advancing political accountability through investigative journalism, the very high number of unique page views (10 million) and social media views (42 million) are indications of the popularity of your work. Your contributions to the outcome of the 2015 elections, internet privacy, investigative journalism, data journalism are commendable. Bringing attention to the flight of IDPs and corruption in the security sector has been helpful.

Kole Shettima


PTCIJ training will impact on my work because I now have an insight into how to go about investigating security related issues in my area especially insurgency and military operations in Adamawa State.

Godiya Samdi


I have resolved to hold public officers accountable henceforth after this training on Investigative journalism and data security.

Paul Orube


This Dubawa fact-checking project will help me become the type of journalist I want to be. With the kind of fake news space we find ourselves in as journalists, fact-checking helps in making us unique in our work.

Kennedy Twumasi


Our Partners