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The Exploitation of Copper Mines in Zambia

  • Economy
  • Environment
  • Industry

LUSAKA - Zambia is blessed with abundant natural resources, coupled with its strategic geographical location as a land locked nation in the southern part of Africa. From the inception, Zambia has largely depended on copper and other minerals. Copper production has contributed highly to Zambia's economic growth, though not up to the expectation of many citizens.

Banking under the generals

  • Economy
  • Finance
  • Politics

NAYPYIDAW - This is a story that describes the downfall of the financial sector of Myanmar after the military coup in February 2021. Due to a history of nationalisations and demonetisations, people and businesses lost trust in the banks immediately after the coup. That resulted in a bankrun. 

What's left of CMC's dam project in Kenya

  • Corruption
  • Industry
  • Politics

NAIROBI - Kenya's attorney general's office opened a corruption and fraud investigation in 2019. The dams were supposed to bring water and electricity. Nothing is left at the site.

Road 529

  • Armed conflict
  • Economy
  • Security

GOMA - Through the beautiful green hills of North Kivu, a 150-kilometre road winds from the capital Goma to the coltan and cassiterite mining area, road 529. Since 2002, efforts have been made to rehabilitate the road, which runs through one of the most dangerous areas in the world.

New Smuggling Routes for Illicit Arms: Who is Behind and How EU Countries Are Involved

  • Armed conflict

KYIV - Since regaining its independence in 1991 until the beginning of the war in the East, Ukraine has remained firmly in the top ten arms exporters in the world. However, not all operations were legal. Ukraine and Ukrainian citizens were repeatedly accused of international arms smuggling. Is Ukraine really a serious player on the black market of arms trade, or is it just a myth and an attempt to blame the country?

Southern Tunisia: unregulated extractivism by French-British company Perenco

  • Corruption
  • Environment
  • Industry

EL FAROUAR - Despite being owned by one of the richest French families, the Perrodos, the French-British company Perenco has a long history of secrecy and discretion...

The great gas illusion: tracing the billions behind Mozambique gas projects

  • Economy
  • Finance
  • Industry
  • Tax evasion

MAPUTO - The promise of transformative wealth from natural gas has seduced Mozambicans for more than a decade. But as the projects led by TotalEnergies and Eni have started construction, revenues to the country look likely to fall significantly short of expectations.

The Hunt for Gaddafi's Lost Treasure

  • Economy
  • Politics
  • Security

TRIPOLI - Before his death, Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi moved a giant fortune out of the country. It is gold, diamonds and cash worth billions of dollars – financed with revenues from the sale of oil. Although the international community has committed to returning assets stolen from autocrats, the whereabouts of much of it is unclear. And the hunt for Gaddafi's treasure is taking place in secret.

The Military Economic Republic of Egypt

  • Armed conflict
  • Economy
  • Politics
  • Security

CAIRO - After Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected President in May 2014, several amendments to the public procurement law were made that allowed the Egyptian military to further strengthen its grip on the economy. The amendments helped companies affiliated with the army reap the lion’s share of major public contracts, including the construction of the new administrative capital in Cairo, real estate projects, highways and infrastructure, that were granted under direct, non-competitive bidding.

A lens into South Sudan gold mining

  • Industry

Despite being known primarily as an oil producer; South Sudan has substantial gold deposits with activities largely dominated by artisanal mining.