Daan Bauwens is a Belgium-based investigative journalist. As a freelancer, he has contributed for Vice, De Morgen, De Standaard, Knack, MO* and the international press agency Inter Press Service.

As a correspondent, he has worked in Israel, Turkey, Morocco and Japan. In 2019, he directed his first documentary on psyche and witchcraft in Uganda. He is a former visiting fellow at Columbia University and was granted a Fullbright Award for narrative journalism and research on intercultural dialogue in New York City in 2015-2016.

Basic information

Daan Bauwens

Supported projects


  • Art
  • Religion
  • International

UGANDA - In “Bewitched”, Daan Bauwens, Rien Bauwens and Yann Verbeke head to Uganda. A team of young Ugandan psychologists visits fishing villages on the shores of Lake Victoria. They are going to tell that there is such a thing as mental health and that it it can be helpful to talk about it. Because too often people with problems go to a witch.

Europe in Africa: The Price of Partnerships

  • Economy
  • Politics

The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was hailed as the pact that will eventually liberalise trade between the European Union and the Economic Community of West African States. 

Highway 10. How West-Africa pays for Europe's cocaine addiction

  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Europe
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Industry
  • Organised crime
  • Trafficking

ABIDJAN - In this story, investigative journalists Daan Bauwens and Nicholas Ibekwe focus on Highway 10, the transatlantic route that for centuries brought millions of captured African slaves to South-America via the tenth parallel.

Maputo's Material Girls

  • Equal opportunities

In poverty-stricken Mozambique, young women are obliged to sell their bodies to wealthier or white men. A general wisdom with cliché status. But is such a simple analysis correct? What does international research say and what do the women themselves think about their sexual practices and social status?