Supported Stories

These are the investigations published so far that have been funded through's Connecting Continents grant programme:

1. Who extracts the money of Nigerian football players? (€6,300)

According to a 2013 study conducted by Paris-based charity Foot Solidaire, about 15,000 young boys from West Africa are trafficked to Europe each year by fake football agents promising them trials with top football clubs in exchange for a lot of money from their families.

2. The Ematum Deal in Mozambique (€6,910)

How much of the $850 million budget that the publicly-privately owned Mozambican company Ematum had to purchase a fishing fleet actually went to military hardware?

3. Our Game (€14,500)

The internal financial structures of several African countries' dominant political parties that are performing as corporatised multinationals in monopolised state power structures: Angola’s MPLA, Zimbabwe's ZANU, and Namibia’s SWAPO.

4. Mafia in Africa 2 (€14,500 + €4,500)

Mafia in Africa 2 exposes the fraudulent businesses empire of Italian criminal Curio Pintus, who was sentenced to three years in jail in 2001 for laundering drug money for the 'ndrangheta, but remains active as CEO of US “merchant bank”, the Pintus Group.

5. South African Companies in the Dutch Tax Haven (€8,500)

Fourteen of the twenty largest company on the Johannesburg stock exchange have at least one subsidiary in the Netherlands. 20 billion Euro coming directly from South Africa is stored in Dutch shell companies.

6. Nigeria: Europe's Electronic Junkyard (€4,790)

Thousands of tons of used electronics and illegal e-waste are imported into Nigeria annually. High demand for used European electronics, inefficient regulation, and a local lack of recycling facilities form a growing hazard.

7. Catching the Real Pirates (€15,000)

A number of fishing companies are flouting international law, exploiting workers, and over-fishing, thus stripping vulnerable countries of a vital food source.