Memorandum of Understanding between the Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Global Center for Investigative Journalism

This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and the Global Center for Investigative Journalism (GCIJ) regards the establishment and management of a provisional secretariat for the GIJN.

The GIJN is an association of nonprofit investigative journalism organizations that produce stories, conduct training, and provide resources to journalists worldwide. The GCIJ is an ongoing project to assist investigative journalists worldwide in finding resources, training, and other investigative journalists to work with.

In recognition of the need for more support to the GIJN, on October 15, 2011, the GIJN Steering Committee and delegates assembly in Kiev, Ukraine, unanimously endorsed “the principle of a proper institution with a permanent secretariat in order to support the network global activity.”
The Steering Committee gave a mandate to the Volunteer Group to set up “an interim structure, to be ratified at the 2013 conference,” and that, “in the meantime, the interim structure can start its activities, including fundraising.” (See attached resolution.)
The Volunteer Group hereby approves the GCIJ to set up and operate a provisional secretariat from February through July 2012.

The provisional secretariat will work under the direction of the GIJN Volunteer Group.

The provisional secretariat will be managed by David Kaplan with significant volunteer support from GIJN co-founder Brant Houston, and ongoing advice and support from GIJN co-founder Nils Mulvad, Margo Smit of VVOJ, Fernando Rodrigues of Abraji, and other Network members. It will engage in the following activities:

  • Fundraising for 1.5 FTE (full-time equivalent) staff positions for the secretariat
  • Fundraising for the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in 2013
  • Arranging Volunteer Group conference calls, taking minutes and publishing them on the website, and doing follow-up work on actions from meetings, when appropriate.
  • Overseeing the GIJN website, listserv  and Facebook page
  • Assisting ABRAJI in its lead role in planning the 2013 conference and ensuring full input from Network member organizations and transparency of the planning process
  • Development of a plan, in conjunction with the Volunteer Group, for a permanent secretariat. It will include drafts for future MOUs for the organization and for who runs the GIJN secretariat at any given time.

During the six-month period covered by this MOU, the GCIJ pledges the following:

  • Dedicated volunteer time of 10 total hours per week by Kaplan and Houston;
  • Houston will have a graduate student (or students) who can contribute 12 hours per week;
  • Inclusion of the GIJN secretariat in the GCIJ’s fundraising campaign, which will work to raise money for the provisional secretariat and GIJC 2013 in Rio. The GIJN secretariat’s independence of GCIJ will be emphasized with donors so that the GIJN Volunteer Group and Steering Committee are free to choose any provider for the secretariat later.

The GCIJ will consult with the Volunteer Group on a regular basis and provide regular updates on its progress, with a full report to be done by July 31, 2012.
At the end of that six-month period, the Volunteer Group and the GCIJ will decide whether to extend this agreement.

ADDENDUM

RESOLUTION OF THE DELEGATES OF THE GLOBAL INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM NETWORK, KIEV, UKRAINE, 15.10.2011

1) The assembly of delegates in Kiev is endorsing the principle of a proper institution with a permanent secretariat in order to support the network global activity.

2) The assembly of delegates in Kiev gives the mandate to the Volunteer Group to work on a legal documentation for consultation and the setting up of an interim structure, to be ratified at the 2013 conference, on the basis of a report of activities. The Volunteer Group will report back to the delegates within six months.

3) In the meantime, the interim structure can start its activities, including fundraising.