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What's on at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month: Foundation CEO Monique Villa receives the prestigious Champions for Change Award for her work fighting modern-day slavery; the Foundation’s media development team unveils a brand new digital look; and we launch Wealth of Nations, a new programme to investigate illicit finance across Africa.

This newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, events, and developments from our key programmes: free legal assistance, media development and training, coverage of the world’s under-reported stories, and Trust Women.

CEO Monique Villa Honoured with Champions for Change Award

Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa was honoured with the 2015 Champions for Change Award alongside The Rt Hon William Hague MP, Leader of the House of Commons and Former UK Foreign Secretary; and Mabel van Oranje, Chair of Girls Not Brides. Presented by the International Center for Research on Women, Monique was recognised for her vision and effort in the fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Read Monique's full speech and get all the latest updates on Trust Women and the Foundation’s work to end slavery and trafficking. 

Media development gets a digital makeover

For over thirty years, the Foundation has worked to uphold the highest standards of journalism worldwide. Now, we’re going beyond the traditional concept of journalism training to deliver cutting-edge initiatives with sustainable impact. Check out the brand new Media Development section on to read about our new approach and exciting plans for the future. 

Follow the dirty money trail in Africa

Many African countries, such as Nigeria, Sudan, Algeria and the Republic of Congo, are rich in natural resources. Yet, they are losing money. Where is the money going, and why? To answer these questions, we’ve launched Wealth of Nations, a new pan-African investigative journalism programme developed in partnership with the continent’s leading reporters and media organisations. Through the end of 2016, we aim to train 150 journalists across Africa. 

Calling all business and finance journalists in Africa

Are you a financial or business journalist based in Africa? As part of our Wealth of Nations programme, we’re looking for skilled journalists to take part in a scheme on reporting illicit finance and tax abuse. If selected, you’ll get the opportunity to participate in two intensive workshops and given access to story ideas and editorial advice. Apply soon: the deadline is 7th April.

Join our upcoming event during Skoll World Forum

Headed to Oxford next month for Skoll World Forum? Join the Foundation and Ashoka on April 15 for an expert panel on the role of media in driving social change. Our own Astrid Zweynert, editor of, will join POLIS Director Charlie Beckett ‚Äčto discuss how the media can be a force for good. 

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