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Thursday, October 8 • 15:00 - 16:00
Finding Africa's Missing Money

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Finding Africa’s missing money

Africa is losing money. Billions of dollars flow out of the continent every year due to the abuse of tax laws, smuggling, and corruption. It’s a huge problem and it’s under-reported. But there is now a growing number of journalists in Africa who are exposing this illicit financial activity.

At this session you will hear about investigations into stolen funds stashed in offshore bank accounts, secret tax breaks for corporations operating in Africa, the mispricing of mineral exports, and much more. The journalists will present their stories and explain some of the methods they use.

The session will feature participants in the Wealth of Nations programme, run by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, which works with Africa’s leading journalists and media houses – as well as top journalists from across the world – to report on illicit finance and tax abuse.

It will also feature journalists from the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR), which strengthens African investigative journalism by improving the expertise, sustainability and production capacity in muckraking newsrooms.

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Derek Thorne

Project Manager, Thomson Reuters Foundation
 Derek Thorne is a Project Manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters. He primarily works on the Foundation’s Wealth of Nations programme, which works with African media to investigate the abuse of tax laws and improve oil reporting. Prior... Read More →

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Rex Chikoko

Investigative journalist, The Nation Publications Limited
Rex Chikoko is a Malawian journalist with over 12 years’ experience in active journalism. Currently, he is working for one of Malawi's leading print media houses, Nation Publications Limited, as an Investigative Journalist. He developed interest in investigative journalism in 2008... Read More →
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Musikilu Mojeed

Editor -in-chief, Nigeria's Premium Times
Musikilu Mojeed, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), is an award-winning journalist and Editor-in-Chief at Nigeria's Premium Times newspaper, which he co-founded.  He has reported extensively on corruption, human rights and human trafficking. Mojeed... Read More →
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John Reynolds

Business journalist, Freelance
John Reynolds is a freelance business journalist who writes regular news, features and interviews for the Sunday Independent in Ireland. He also currently mentors trainee journalists in investigating stories related to illicit finance and tax abuse for the Thomson Reuters Foundation... Read More →
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Khadija Sharife

Africa Editor, OCCRP
Khadija Sharife is an investigative journalist, researcher and Africa editor at OCCRP. She is the director of Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique, board member of Finance Uncovered and fellow with the World Policy Institute. Previously she was the editor at... Read More →

Thursday October 8, 2015 15:00 - 16:00 CEST
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