The Ujima Project is a collection of databases, documents and other information that attempts to bring transparency to the workings and spending of Africa governments, multinational non-governmental organizations and business enterprise in African countries. Because few African countries have freedom of information laws, getting at this information from inside the countries can be difficult.
The Ujima Project can be described as “reverse transparency.” Although the information might be hard to come by in African countries, aid donors, international organizations and agencies maintain a wealth on data pertaining to the continent. While this information is public, it tends to be scattered among governments in the United States and Europe, and international organizations like the Global Fund. We take the information from the various sources and put it into one easily searchable place.
The Ujima Project supports the work of African journalists and transparency advocates. It is a project of the Great Lakes Media Institute, a 501(c)3 organization, initially founded to support the training of Rwandan journalists and the resulting Great Lakes Media Center in Kigali. Investigative Reporters and Editors, an international journalism organization of investigative reporters and editors based at the University of Missouri-Columbia, has played a key role in the development and support of this endeavor. This website was launched in “beta” version in September 2009.