Our Principles and How We Are Funded

The rules that guide us in what we do

PesaCheck was founded in 2016 by Catherine Gicheru and Justin Arenstein, and is East Africa’s first fact-checking initiative.

We help the public separate fact from fiction in public pronouncements about the numbers that shape our world, with a special emphasis on public finances and how governments are delivering public services linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

PesaCheck also tests the accuracy of media reportage. We check and verify statistics and claims published in the media and quoted by public figures across East Africa.

PesaCheck works with with Code for Africa affiliates in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, with support from the International Center for Journalists. Our operations are guided by principles laid out by the International Fact-Checking Network.

Our Mission

PesaCheck’s mission is to counter misinformation by publishing factual information in response to claims about how public resources are being utilized.

Accountability can only come from people and organisations consistently monitoring what the media reports and pointing out when stories fall short of the facts. That is what fact-checkers around the world do.

PesaCheck examines public finance stories across East Africa and produces fact-checking reports with visualizations that further illustrate the points we are putting across.

Transparency of Sources

PesaCheck is committed to disclosing to its readers the sources of the information in its stories to the maximum possible extent. We want to make our reporting as transparent to the readers as possible so they may know how and where we got our information. Transparency is honest and fair, two values we cherish.

Non-Partisanship and fairness

PesaCheck is an initiative of Code for Africa through its Code for Kenya chapter, and is governed by the organization’s Code of Principles.

Code for Kenya is a non-partisan civic data and civic technology ‘change agent’.
We are politically neutral and non-partisan, meaning that we do not support or oppose any political party or candidate. We also do not undertake any advocacy work either for ourselves or on behalf of others.
We remain impartial in the work that we do. As far as our content is concerned, we do not endorse or support any political parties.
Code for Kenya’s purpose is to promote active and engaged citizenship through promoting access to information that citizens can then use to engage their leaders and hold their governments accountable.

Transparency of Funding

PesaCheck is an innovateAFRICA grantee, and receives financial support from the International Budget Partnership, Code for Africa and Data Zetu.

Transparency of Corrections

Transparency is a core value for PesaCheck, and we strive for accurate and comprehensive fact-checking. We all make mistakes sometimes, and while every error is a weakness, some errors are inevitable, and we are fully open to correcting them promptly in whatever material we publish on our platforms.

When we run a correction, clarification or editor’s note, our goal is to tell readers, as clearly and quickly as possible, what was wrong and what is correct. Anyone should be able to understand how and why a mistake has been corrected.

Do you want us to fact-check something a politician or other public figure has said about public finances? Complete this form, or reach out to us on any of the contacts above, and we’ll help ensure you’re not getting bamboozled.

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