Working grant - Mafia in Africa
Italian anti-Mafia authorities estimate that organised crime groups earn €26 billion a year in Italy alone. But the figure only scratches the surface of its economic power. Mafia Inc. is more than ever a global business, infiltrating legitimate economies worldwide. And the extent of the empire is unknown.
Ten investigative reporters from six different countries, one data journalist and a data scientist, three editors, one cross-examiner and a bunch of lawyers joined the effort in producing in-depth research into the Mafia's involvement in 13 countries. The work took seven months, and included trips to Sicily, Calabria, Campania, Lazio, Lombardy, in Italy and South Africa, Namibia, Senegal and Kenya, in Africa.
Mafia in Africa draws a bleak picture, and highlights the need for the international community to reform its policies, to monitor and fight the economic infiltration by criminals and prevent the dire consequences on unstable African societies.
A working grant of €8,000 was allocated on October 30th 2014.