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DUBAWA is an independent fact-checking and verification project of the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism. PTCIJ is a non-governmental organisation that engages in a wide variety of projects that are not limited to fact-checking.

DUBAWA is currently funded by the MacArthur Foundation which seeks to strengthen investigative and data-driven journalism in Nigeria and Heinrich Boll Foundation which funds our Fellowship Programme. Facebook also funds some aspect of the project through its Third Party Fact Checker program. 

Since 2018, Dubawa has also received other grants to fund project activities that support the culture of truth in Nigeria, Ghana, and Sierra Leone. In addition to the above, the other institutions include:

  • The British Council, through its Rule of Law and and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) programme to support capacity building initiatives for journalists in Nigeria
  • The IFCN, through its Factchecking Development Grant received from YouTube (via the Google News Initiative)
  • The National Endowment for Democracy, in support of research and development of information disorder in Nigeria

Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, in support of Dubawa (Ghana)’s 2020 election project which aimed at building capacity of media in Ghana, rigorous fact-checking of election-related information and using research to identify misinformation trends before, during and after Ghana’s 2020 elections.

While we are open about reporting our funding support, the funders have absolutely no influence on our judgments and editorial decisions.

MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In Nigeria, the Foundation supports Dubawa’s efforts to strengthen and sustain an independent media ecosystem that investigates the actions of institutions, explores the implications of policies, challenges social norms, and amplifies truth.


 Heinrich Böll Foundation works with 160 project partners in over 60 countries and currently maintain 30 international offices, Nigeria inclusive. In Nigeria, its primary objectives are establishing democracy and human rights; fighting against environmental degradation; safeguarding everyone’s rights of social participation; supporting non-violent conflict resolution, and defending the rights of individuals


 Facebook works with many third-party fact-checkers certified through a non-partisan international fact-checking network. Read more about fact-checking on Facebook here.