2015-04-17

The Italian mafia has established a hidden but lethal presence in Africa. Its members own diamond mines, nightclubs and land, all with the complicity of corrupt regimes.

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.

Cecilia Anesi

Cecilia Anesi (1987) is an Italian journalist and reporter at the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI).

Giulio Rubino

Giulio Rubino (1980) is an Italian journalist.

Lorenzo Bagnoli

Lorenzo Bagnoli is board member of the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI), a centre for investigative journalism based in Italy.

Khadija Sharife

Khadija Sharife is an investigative writer and researcher based in South Africa.

Lorenzo Bodrero

Lorenzo Bodrero (1979) is an Italian investigative journalist and data journalist and founder of IRPI.

Craig Shaw

Craig Shaw is a British (based in Romania) journalist specialising in corruption, human rights, and cross-border investigations.

Stefano Gurciullo

Stefano Gurciullo is an Italian data specialist based in Berlin (Germany)

Davide Mancino

Davide Mancino is an Italian journalist and editor of datajournalism.it.

Supported
Grant of €8.000, allocated on 30/10/2014
ID
2014/227

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