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Joel Konopo

Joel Konopo ('19)

co-founder and managing partner, INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, Gaborone, Botswana

In the absence of enabling legislative framework for financial transparency, can African journalists find ways to track political funding and other disclosures?

Joel Konopo is an investigative journalist and managing partner of the INK Centre for Investigative Journalism, a nonprofit newsroom in Gaborone, Botswana. INK Centre’s ambition is to be the premier source of unique in-depth news that champions investigative journalism in the public interest. Prior to establishing INK Centre, he was the editor of the Botswana Guardian newspaper, a flagship business and investigations publication. In 2016, he participated in exposing the offshore dealings of Judge Ian Stuart Kirby, president of the court of appeal in Botswana. He has also worked for Mmegi, the country’s only private daily newspaper. His work on President Ian Khama’s secret vacation home earned him accolades due to the innovative nature of his reporting.

Inside Story

Posts by Joel

Life lessons from a year at Stanford

How being a JSK Journalism Fellow inspired personal and professional change (4 minute read)

Using artificial intelligence to hold power to account

Technology can help illuminate dark corners of political funding in Africa (3 minute read)

How my JSK Fellowship began a journey of personal and professional transformation

My academic year at Stanford is already bringing changes big and small to my life. (3 minute read)

Read @joelkonopo on Medium.

Information on this page is from the fellowship year.