The African Fact-Checking Alliance (AFCA) is Africa’s largest indigenous fact-checking network.
The network consists of newsrooms and civil society organisations who fight misinformation by publishing fact-checks to debunk viral conspiracy theories and other toxic content. AFCA supports organisations that publish in international languages such as Arabic, English and French, but also champions efforts to produce actionable information in major African languages such as Amharic, Kiswahili, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya.
AFCA is a member-driven network, that receives logistical support from Code for Africa, the continent’s largest federation of civic technology and data journalism labs, and PesaCheck, the continent’s foremost fact-checking service, with financial support from various international bodies such UNESCO and ACEPIS, and curriculum support from First Draft News.
The French-language version of AFCA is the Alliance Africaine de Fact-Checking.
The misinformation problem is bigger than any single organisation. AFCA members therefore commit to fighting the Infodemic by sharing insights, collaborating on joint projects and pooling resources to improve the reach and impact of all its members.
AFCA’s aims to build a strong, transcontinental network of fact-checkers, media houses and civil society organisations (CSOs) across Africa, who work together to combat mis- and disinformation. AFCA currently has members in over 380 newsrooms in 30 African countries.
AFCA members receive access to tools and opportunities such as one-on-one mentoring from industry professionals, regular roundtables exploring high-level issues that affect the continent and access to a rapid-response hotline forensic disinformation operated by CfA’s iLAB.