Economic and Social Development

Drawing on Reuters reputation for first class business and economic reporting, we run media programmes that aim to open up the financial world and bring prosperity to communities

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Economics and finance can seem complicated or even boring subjects to journalists and the wider public.  But the news media is more vital than ever in ensuring that financial decisions can be made based on rigorous, impartial and timely information whilst holding policy makers and industry players accountable for their actions.

The Reuters news agency has thrived for over 150 years thanks to an insatiable demand for financial news and understanding the role business journalism plays in any country's wider development.  Our programmes bring this firsthand experince to journalists wherever they are.
  • Generation Africa

    Stories have the potential to be powerful changemakers. Do you know someone with a remarkable personal story that has the power to inspire people around the world? We are looking for inspirational stories from talented young Africans who are ready to become advocacy champions for global development issues.


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  • Skoll Foundation

    Programme funded by Skoll Foundation

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  • Building the Capacity of Journalists in Asia and the Pacific

    Thomson Reuters Foundation and the Asian Development Bank have designed a three-year practical, skills-based training programme to help journalists build their skills and deepen their understanding of a range of development and economic issues that will influence the future of Asia and the Pacific.

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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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  • 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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  • Business and Financial Reporting

    Our financial and business news reporting courses help journalists develop their skills in news gathering and presentation with a strong emphasis on accuracy, balance, sourcing the news, the need for background and explanation, a suitable story structure and following up additional questions raised by stories. The courses also focus on improving participants’ understanding of national and international markets and business environments.

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  • Sport and Society

    Sport has played an important role in society for thousands of years.  Around the world, it brings people together from all backgrounds and all walks of life.  The UN even recognises the benefits of sport as a ‘low-cost and high-impact tool in humanitarian, development and peace-building efforts… an important investment in the present and future’. 

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  • European Forum Alpbach

    Thomson Reuters Foundation, in partnership with the European Forum Alpbach and with the support of the National Endowment for Democracy, will run an online reporting workshop for 15 journalists from Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) during the European Forum Alpbach from the 28th August - 1st September. 

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