Alix Smidman is an investigative researcher.

Alix has worked as an investigative researcher, writer and analyst on a range of issues related to corruption, environmental issues, the arms trade and international conflict.


Basic information

Alix Smidman
Investigative journalist
corruption, government accountability, the arms trade, fossil fuel industry
United Kingdom

Supported projects

Anglo-Italian Job: Leonardo, AgustaWestland and Corruption in Indonesia

  • Armed conflict
  • Corruption

ITALY - In 2015, in Indonesia, the Corruption Eradication Commission (Kpk) conducted an investigation into the purchase of an AW101 helicopter from AgustaWestland, now part of Leonardo Spa.

Fabio Papetti

The West Africa Green Rush

  • Armed conflict
  • Environment
  • Transport

TOUVRE (IVORY COAST) - There is an increased demand for minerals such as cobalt, nickel and lithium. These minerals are used to make electronic devices such as laptops, smartphones and electric vehicles - technologies which are deemed essential to the 'green transition'. However, the increase in demand has led to new pressures for communities around the world that live alongside these minerals.

Who are Ivory Coast’s new lithium miners?

TOUVRE - This project investigates how the drive for lithium is causing conflict and crop destruction in rural communities across West Africa. 

Second-hand clothes from UK causing pollution in Nigeria and Ghana

  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Industry

ABUJA- This story demonstrates that although it is illegal to import used clothes into Nigeria, UK exporters continue to contravene the law by doing the contrary which is now polluting the country's ecology. It demonstrates how UK exporters provided Nigerian vendors with low-quality, deteriorating clothing, forcing them to burn unsold items in public.