Stephen Abbott Pugh joins the Code for Africa team


We are excited to welcome Stephen Abbott Pugh to the Code for Africa (CfAfrica) team. Abbott Pugh will be leading the design and execution of engagement strategies for Code for Africa’s data journalism initiative in four “hub” countries: Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).

Stephen Abbott Pugh is a digital journalist and project manager who has helped shape and deliver the digital strategies for two of the UK’s most high-profile websites.

As an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow, Abbott Pugh will work as a part of a larger pan-African team, led by ICFJ Knight Fellows Justin Arenstein and Chris Roper, working to catalyze the media to deliver ongoing, high-quality news that engages audiences and sparks systemic change around “bread and butter” issues such as health and development.

“I am very excited to be joining the fantastic ICFJ/Code for Africa team and to experiment with new ways to create tools, share information and tell stories which engage and enlighten people across the continent.” -Stephen Abbott Pugh

In this role, Abbott Pugh will provide pan-African thought leadership on strategies that help media to better engage citizens and enhance their storytelling. He will support four in-country ICFJ Knight Fellows and assist in-country teams of CfAfrica data journalists and technologists embedded into partner newsrooms and local CitizenLabs harness data to build compelling journalistic projects, using strong mobile and interactive web components. This will greatly help to scale CfAfrica’s efforts, and improve citizen and policymaker attitudes and perceptions on health and development issues across the region.

Based in Rwanda, Stephen co-founded a civic technology company in 2014 and launched Sobanukirwa.rw, the country’s first access to information website in partnership with a local civil society organisation.

Previously, Abbott Pugh worked as an executive producer at the Guardian and as head of digital projects for the UK Parliament. Abbott Pugh worked as a digital advocate leading initiatives to discover new audiences by harnessing online tools and using data in a citizen-centric way.

Past projects include the Guardian’s US embassy cables revelations with Wikileaks and exploring open journalism, and working with Google, Tumblr and Soundcloud to reimagine live event coverage.