I’ve done investigations all over Africa for the past ten years, most recently as a journalist, here are my latest ones:
– Cameroon’s president spent 4.5 years on “brief private visits” (holidays?), mostly at a 5-stars hotel in Geneva, since he came to power in 1982, adding up to around $200 millions in costs. This investigation was published by OCCRP, picked up by many outlets, and I got interviewed by the BBC, RFI and France 24 (each in English and French). I’ve also written a political analysis for African Arguments of how these trips fit into Biya’s laissez-faire approach to ruling Cameroon.
– Myanmar’s charcoal smuggled to China to make silicon metal, used in cosmetics, alloys and electronics. The illegal trade brings up to $10m in bribes to corrupt officials. Since the publication, the government has taken steps to stop the illegal trade.
– Shady African politicians and their friends own $26m of real estate in Quebec bought mostly without mortgages. Published in Journal de Montréal, Le Monde Afrique and African Arguments. Following our investigation, the Federal Police of Canada has started an inquiry into the allegations.
– Human rights activists have knowingly hidden the human costs of DRC’s “conflict-free” minerals policies. In IRIN (two articles on the hidden costs and NGOs) and in Paris Match Afrique. The article got a special mention at the Frontline Club awards.
– A $19m investment by the World Bank in Liberia benefited a company linked to Charles Taylor, impoverished about 2000 people and poisoned a village with cyanide. Published in Le Monde Afrique, IRIN and 100Reporters.
– How an Australian mining company bribed family members of Congo’s president, and also corrupted a Minister in Cameroon. This story started an investigation by the Australian federal police. It was published in Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review and Le Monde Afrique (on Congo and Cameroun) and picked up by Reuters and others.