The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organizations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. GIJN holds conferences, conducts trainings, provides resources and consulting, and encourages the creation of similar nonprofit groups. It was founded in 2003 when more than 300 journalists from around the world gathered for the second Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Copenhagen. Since then it has grown to more than 138 member organizations in 62 countries.
Every two years, GIJN holds the Global Investigative Journalism Conference, which has brought together more than 5,000 journalists from 100 countries since 2001. GIJN member organizations also hold regional conferences, such as the Power Reporting Conference sponsored by Wits University in Johannesburg. The initial global conference was held in Copenhagen in 2001; Other conferences have been held in Copenhagen (2003), Amsterdam (2005), Toronto (2007), Lillehammer (2008), Geneva (2010), Kiev (2011), and Rio de Janeiro (2013). The Rio conference was done in partnership with Abraji, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalists, and IPYS, the Lima-based Institute for Press and Society.
At the Kiev conference, delegates decided to create a provisional secretariat to better manage the GIJN’s conferences and increase its capacity to support investigative journalism around the world. The secretariat was officially launched in February 2012; its executive director is David Kaplan. The executive director and secretariat report to the GIJN Board, which consists of members elected by GIJN membership representatives.
In 2014 GIJN registered as a nonprofit corporation in the U.S. state of Maryland. In July 2015, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service approved GIJN as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, exempting it from taxes and allowing it to receive tax-deductible contributions.