Giacomo Zandonini is a Rome-based freelance journalist.

Giacomo is covering mobility, human trafficking, European policies and conflicts in the Sahel and West Africa. He is a contributor to La Repubblica, Internazionale, L'Espresso, Mediapart, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The New Humanitarian, Paris Match, Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, Privacy International, Open Society Foundations.

His work has been supported through the IJ4EU cross-border grant (Invisible border, 2018), Journalism Fund 'Money trail' grant (2019), Otto Brenner Foundation. Giacomo was awarded the Media Migration Award (2017) and obtained a special mention at the True Story Award (2019).  




Basic information

Giacomo Zandonini
Migration, mobility, human trafficking, European policies and conflicts in the Sahel and West Africa

Supported projects

Europe's Seas in Danger

  • Environment
  • Fishing industry

EDINBURGH - Europe’s marine environment faces a plethora of severe threats. What are the key species in decline, and which interest groups are lobbying against marine protection laws? This investigation looks into Europe’s interconnected marine systems, and how they can be preserved.

How Europe Co-financed Sudan’s Notorious Paramilitary Group

  • Armed conflict
  • Corruption

EUROPE/SUDAN - This series of investigative reports looks at a private security company belonging to the RSF shadow economy and at its clients – European and Western embassies, aid and developmental organizations.

Can depopulation in Europe's islands be reversed?

  • Cities

United Kingdom - With islands across Europe having experienced years of population decline, many now face an uncertain future.

Angela Catlin

Europe’s war in the Sahel: tracking financial flows for security forces and their impact

  • Security

NIAMEY - This is the first article of a year-long cross-border independent investigation into EU money invested in Niger for security purposes.

Tracking the European Union’s migration millions

  • Data Journalism
  • Migration
  • Trafficking

The Emergency Trust Fund for Africa (EUTF) is the European Union's largest funding mechanism for development, stability and migration in Africa. Over the past three years it has spent 4,6 billion euro in 26 African countries. This money, however, has not been spent following the proper public procurement laws of the EU.