The Wayamo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation established to strengthen the rule of law, promote international criminal justice and foster transparency through informed journalism.
Wayamo does this by:
• Building the capacity of national judicial systems that address crimes of concern to the international community
• Providing education for legal practitioners, journalists and the public
• Advocating for transparency and accountability, often in post-conflict settings
• Facilitating and supporting dialogue between civil society and government leaders.
Based in Berlin, the Wayamo Foundation is a non-profit organization under German law. Its legal form is a registered charitable gGmbH (gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung). This status is granted by the German tax authorities to organisations whose sole purpose is to contribute to the common good without seeking profit. Registered charitable associations enjoy certain tax privileges and are subject to regular audits of their governance and finances.
Wayamo was founded in 2010 in Madrid, Spain, and began by training journalists and editors in conflict sensitive reporting on justice and accountability issues in Kenya, Liberia and Uganda. From its beginnings, Wayamo consisted of African, European and Latin American staff, with deep expertise in investigative journalism, international criminal law, and conflict sensitive reporting.
Owing to experiences gained through years of journalistic training on international criminal justice issues as well as strong networks of international judicial experts, in 2012 Wayamo expanded into judicial capacity building, beginning with advice and training for the International and Organised Crimes Division in the High Court of Kenya.
At the same time, the Wayamo Team expanded to include legal, academic, research and multimedia expertise and the organisation’s headquarters moved to Berlin, Germany where it was legally reestablished as Wayamo gGmbH (non-profit enterprise) on 27 February 2014.
In 2015 Wayamo launched the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability, an independent group of senior African experts on international criminal law and human rights, including political figures, members of international and domestic tribunals, and human rights advocates experts.
The Africa Group supports efforts to strengthen justice and accountability measures in Africa through domestic and regional capacity building, advice and outreach, and enhancing cooperation between Africa and the International Criminal Court. The Wayamo Foundation is the group’s secretariat and convener.