I’ve done investigations all over Africa for the past ten years, here are my most recent ones:
– 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.
– 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.
– 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.