ICIJ’s investigations have a global impact.In response to ICIJ’s work, criminal investigations have been opened, faulty products recalled, leaders have resigned, and millions of dollars have been recouped by governments across the world.
IJ4EU was first launched in 2018 as a fund for cross-border investigation journalism in Europe. It has re-launched in 2020 to provide nearly €1.2 million through a combined set of measures, including two grant funding schemes, to support at least 64 new, existing and ongoing collaborative projects.
OCCRP’s primary basis for measuring impact is increased accountability. We measure this in terms of illicitly acquired funds returned to the public sphere; civic actions, such as a protest calling for change; government actions, such as when a government seeks evidence from another government based on an investigation; corporate actions, such as when a financial institution closes a loophole in the banking system; resignations and sackings, like when a prime minister is forced to quit; official investigations, usually opened by a national prosecutor; and arrests, indictments, and sentences.