2020 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting Opens for Submissions

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ANNAPOLIS, MD—9 October 2019—The TRACE Foundation, a non-profit organization established by TRACE to support research and projects that encourage greater commercial transparency, is now accepting submissions for the 2020 TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting. The annual award recognizes journalism that uncovers business-related bribery and financial crime. Submissions will be accepted through 31 January 2020.

“We support investigative journalism because a free press is a mainstay of good governance,” TRACE President Alexandra Wrage said. “Investing in high quality, objective journalism is critical when it comes to increasing commercial transparency worldwide.”

Nominees may be print, broadcast or online reporters from any country who have investigated commercial bribery schemes, business activities that create serious conflicts of interest or similar commercial misconduct. A panel of independent judges will review the submissions and select up to two winning entries, each of which will receive a cash prize of US$10,000, and up to two honorable mentions, who will each receive US$1,000.

In 2019, a five-person team from Africa Uncensored won the award for their investigation The Profiteers, which uncovered wartime corruption in East Africa. The team included John-Allan Namu, Elijah Kanyi, Samuel Munia, Steve Biko and Clement Kumalija.

The other winning team, Khadija Sharife from the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Philippe Engels, freelance, exposed bribery in oil sales in their investigation "The Unlikely Partnership that Unlocked Congo's Crude."

For more details about the TRACE Prize for Investigative Reporting, visit traceinternational.org/investigative-reporting. For questions about eligibility or the application process, please contact Gigi O’Connell at [email protected].




About the TRACE Foundation

The TRACE Foundation was established to promote, support and fund research, investigative journalism, publications, videos and related projects that encourage greater commercial transparency and advance anti-bribery education. For more information, visit traceinternational.org/tracefoundation.


TRACE is a globally recognized anti-bribery business association and leading provider of shared-cost third party risk management solutions. Members and clients include over 500 multinational companies located worldwide. TRACE is headquartered in the United States and registered in Canada, with a presence on five continents. For more information, visit www.TRACEinternational.org.