Governance and Human Rights

Good governance and fair societies rely on strong, independent journalism.  Thomson Reuters Foundation is at the forefront of efforts to make sure that news organisations around the world are capable and confident to fulfil their responsibility as the public's watchdog.

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It is the role of the press to hold governments, politicians, businesses and individuals accountable.  The extent to which they are allowed or capable to do this varies greatly around the world.  

Drawing heavily on the Reuters Principles of accuracy, integrity, independence and freedom from bias, we run a range of programmes that focus on everything from elections and parliamentary reporting, to investigating illicit financial flows and covering the global oil and gas industries.
  • Reporting LGBT+ Rights

    Today, 70 countries around the world criminalise consensual same-sex activity or use laws to marginalise and persecute members of the LGBT+ community. Discrimination against LGBT+ people is often reinforced by laws, policies and practices that either fail to take LGBT+ needs into account or deliberately exclude them.

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  • Digital Rights and Health

    Programme funded by Fondation Botnar

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  • 'Myanmar Now' - impartial news service for Burma

    Set-up by the Foundation in 2015 in the run-up to national elections, Myanmar Now is an award-winning independent online news service offering accurate and non-partisan news for free syndication in both Burmese and English. With emphasis ranging from humanitarian and ethnic issues, to domestic political reform and environmental challenges, Myanmar Now is also providing professional training and mentoring resources for reporters as the country opens up to the global community.

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  • Wealth of Nations - Illicit finance (NORAD)

    Wealth of Nations is an award-winning programme run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation in collaboration with some of Africa's leading organisations promoting excellence in journalism. The project is supported by Norway’s development agency, Norad.

    Wealth of Nations was named the winner of the International Capacity Building category at the British Expertise International Awards 2017, which recognise outstanding international work done by UK-based organisations. 

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  • Economic and Political Reporting in South Eastern Europe

    The news media in Southeast Europe is increasingly required to report on complex economic, financial and political issues. Lacking the appropriate experience journalists are under-prepared to provide the public with an adequate coverage of economic and political transitional process. In 2007, Robert Bosch Stiftung and Thomson Reuters Foundation initiated the programme “Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe” for journalists from the Balkans.

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  • Following the Aid Money

    The world spends more than $100 billion on aid every year - and there is more data than ever before on where and how this money is spent. The Thomson Reuters Foundation works with journalists and newsrooms to help them report on aid spending and tell the story of aid’s impact – both its successes and its failures. 

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  • Elections Reporting

    Media freedom and professional reporting are both essential requirements for a free and fair election. When the media plays its role as a balanced information source for the public and a tool for accountability, elections are more likely to be fair. But covering an election is complex and challenging.

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  • Reporting Land Rights

    We provide journalists across the world with the necessary knowledge and skills to help them understand and cover this issue. The programme also builds on the Foundation’s existing expertise on land and property rights, which comes from running PLACE, a dedicated news platform covering this issue with a team of journalists and correspondents all over the world. 

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  • Reporting Liberia's extractive industries

    Mining and other extractive industries could make a major contribution to Liberia's development - if managed wisely and in the interests of citizens. This programme supports independent media in Liberia to produce accurate and insightful coverage of the sector. 

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  • Reporting extractives in Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea

    The Thomson Reuters Foundation is building the capacity of journalists in Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea to produce high-quality coverage of mining and other extractive industries, with the objective of providing better information to citizens and informing policy. 

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