About Us

Organisation Profile
Centre for Investigative Journalism was established in 1996 by group of enthusiastic journalists under the umbrella of non-profit Himal Association. The aim of the organisation was to produce quality investigative reporters through fellowship and mentorship support under the tutelage of senior journalists.Almost two decade later, the centre has developed into an independent organisation which has worked to promote quality investigative reporting in the mainstream Nepali media. With wealth of expertise in the field, our experienced mentors have provided orientation and trained journalists to probe deeper, develop a thorough understanding of the issues at hand and report comprehensively.Nepal is still recuperating from decade long conflict, and protracted transition has weakened institutions of the state and the rule of law. Under such circumstances, the fourth estate, the media needs to be more vigilant in its watchdog role, reporting on growing incidences of corruption, abuse of authority, impunity, organised crime and human rights violations.It is in this backdrop, CIJ, with generous support from national and international partners, and stakeholders in the mainstream media including publishers, editors and reporters – has been working to provide technical, logistical and editorial support to improve quality of investigative reporting in Nepal.
CIJ Activities/Projects
Open Society Foundation 
Giving continuity to long and fruitful partnership, CIJ entered a two year project partnership with OSF Asia Regional Office.The two sides signed contract papers in December and the project commenced its activities in February this year. The three year project with detailed set of activities includes capacity building training for investigative reporters, and logistical support for producing investigative reports.Unfortunately, the April earthquake and the political turmoil has significantly affected the implementation of project activities. With gradual improvement in the situation, CIJ is committed to implement remaining activities more efficiently in the coming days.
A three years project agreement was signed with Finnish partner organisation VIKES in 2013. The main objective of this partnership was to train journalists from various regions of the country, in the art of investigative reporting.In the first two years, the project trained journalists from eastern region and western region. In the ongoing final year, the project is training 30 journalists from mid-western and far-western region. The first phase of the training was conducted in July at Kanchanpur.The second phase, which was scheduled for early September had to be postponed due to political turmoil and was recently held in Dang between 21-25 November. VIKES representative and senior investigative journalist Eeva Simola attended the Dang session and shared her experiences with the trainees.CIJ and VIKES also jointly organised a daylong seminar titled ‘Changing media landscape in Nepal and Nordic Countries: Using New Media to tell investigative stories’. The program was supported by embassies of Norway, Finland and Denmark, whose envoys also attended the sessions. Senior Datajournalist John Bones from Norway and Eeva Simola from Finland talked about global trends in investigative journalism and the use of new media, while Nepal’s leading editors and journalists including Kunda Dixit, Sudheer Sharma, Narayan Wagle, among others debated on how Nepali newsrooms have adapted and adopted the use of new media.Based on good outcomes from partnership with VIKES in previous years, CIJ has again signed an agreement to work on new project for 2017-18 that is focused on imparting digital skills in Nepalese journalists. The emerging trend of digital application in journalism and digital skills gap in journalist was observed and as a result, this project materialized that has already organized 2 session of training in year 2017.
The British Embassy
CIJ partnered with The British Embassy in Kathmandu to implement Investigative Journalism Campaign 2015. The purpose of the project was to evaluate the investigative reports published in Nepali media throughout 2014 to select top four reports.The project activities commenced in February by setting up a three member independent editorial jury panel which included Sudheer Sharma of Kantipur, Gopal Guragain of Ujjyalo News Network and Ameet Dhakal of Setopai online. The jury members then assessed more than 200 shortlisted reports to choose four winners. The winners attended short summer course on investigative reporting in London.UNICEF

CIJ-Nepal has been partnering with UNICEF Nepal to encourage women journalists to build up their editorial, leadership and networking skills helping them for better career prospects in media sector with a hope to lead a mainstreaming children, women and gender issues. The partnership has encouraged many women journalists to come forward to take initiative in investigative reporting in order to have solid and worthwhile career in journalism sector.

Future Strategies

With a concerted effort from various organisations including CIJ, investigative journalism is finally picking up in Nepali media with the mainstream showing interest in publishing in-depth reports. However, in a breaking-news culture, Nepali media’s focus is excessively on event reporting, ignoring the stories behind the events. Newsrooms are often hard-pressed and unwilling to invest time and resource to generate investigative pieces, especially those that impinge upon their own commercial interests.

This underscores the need for organisations like CIJ to uphold free and fearless journalism by continuing its support to investigative reporters while working closely with the media outlets.

There is a rapid change in the way information is being accessed and disseminated globally, notably due to shifting eyeballs from print to electronic and online media. The digitisation of information means, investigative journalists today need to be technically equipped to mine those information out of world wide web, make use of applications to interpret and project them.

In this context, CIJ is working to provide multi-media based trainings to equip journalists and hone their technical skills. Besides working closely with the mainstream media, CIJ is also making an effort to create its own platform for disseminating investigative contents through electronic and social media. The redesigning of CIJ website (www.cijnepal.org.np ), and plans for developing online resource centre for journalists is part of our initiative to create alternative medium of dissemination.

With its highly experienced mentors, efficient management team and support from national and international partners, CIJ hopes to continue mentoring journalists and produce more investigative reports to promote and strengthen free and fearless investigative journalism in Nepal.

CIJ Team

Namrata Sharma (Chairperson)

Namrata Sharma is editor and senior journalist with Nepali magazine Women’s Voice. She has over twenty five years of experience in Nepal’s print media and writes regularly on politics, gender and social issues.

Dhruba Basnet (Vice-Chairperson)

He has been president of Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) and brings in his expertise to CIJ board.

Ramji Dahal (General Secretary)

Having experience of over 20 years where he worked as a senior reporter in many leading televisions and also as an associate editor for Himal Weekly magazine, he is currently working as an executive editor at Teachers monthly magazine.

Indra Shrestha (Treasurer)

Indra Shrestha brings in a valuable technical and managerial experience in managing media house. He has been associated with Himal Media, one of Nepal’s leading media houses for one and half a decade.

Chandra Kishore Jha (Executive Member)

Chandra Kishore Jha is one of Nepal’s leading journalists, based in Central Nepal town of Birgunj. Jha regularly writes for major national publications like Himal KhabarPatrika and Kantipur Daily, on various issues including media, politics and society.

Indira Aryal (Executive Member)

She is one of the finest fellow awardees of CIJ who has done ground breaking investigative stories and is a freelance journalist.

Rabin Sayami (Executive Member)

Rabin Sayami is a senior cartoonist with leading daily newspaper Nagarik Daily. He has over two decade experience in Nepali media.

Kiran Nepal (Executive Member)

He is an editor of Himal Khabar Patrika which is one of the leading media houses in Nepal and brings in his expertise.

Nirmala Sharma (Executive Member)

She is well known figure in media bringing with her more than 20 years of experience to CIJ board.

Shiva Gaunle (Editor)

Shiva Gaunle is a senior journalist with over two decades of experience in journalism. He has reported for and edited several leading newspapers including Kathmandu Today and Himal Khabarpatrika. Gaunle was President of Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) from 2011-2013.

Saurav Kolakshyapati (Program Manager)

Saurav has master’s degree in business administration with strong managerial work experience both in UK and Nepal.

Administrative  Staff

S.N Name of the staff Designation
1 Pooja Thapa Finance Officer
2 Pitamber Kattel Finance Officer
3 Krishna Maya Magar Desktop Assistant

Contact Us

Purnachandi Marga
Jawalakhel Lalitpur
Phone : 01-5543085
PO BOX : 24846

Email: mail@cijnepal.org
Web: www.cijnepal.org.np