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On the trail of Chinese pharmaceuticals in Africa

  • Economy
  • Health
  • Industry

MOMBASA - Counterfeit and substandard drugs are believed to kill thousands of people annually. The trade of substandard or falsified medicines has grown to a $30 billion black market industry. Experts warn that the number of counterfeit or substandard goods entering Africa is on the rise. Kenya, with its international Port of Mombasa on the Indian Ocean, is one of the epicenters. What’s more, public health facilities in Kenya are often expensive, inefficient, and sometimes prone to stock-outs.

A Quinine injection produced by Chinese company

How Frank Timis uses UK-registered companies to exploit Africa's resources

  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Energy
  • Industry

Following BBC's Panorama investigation into secret oil and gas deal corruption between one of City's most controversial businessmen, Frank Timis, and the Senegalese president's brother, Aliou Sall, a team of journalists from Britain and Sierra Leone funded by our Money Trail grant programme can reveal further insight into just how questionable this deal was.

New oil town Senegal

The European Investment Bank: Africa's discreet financier

  • Data Journalism
  • Economy
  • Europe
  • Industry

European Investment Bank (EIB) is the largest multilateral borrower and lender in the world. It finances mainly large infrastructure projects, but also provides loans to small and medium enterprises. The EIB is an EU bank, but its ambitions reach far beyond its borders.

The Cotton Connection

  • Agriculture
  • Industry

Early 2016 Burkina Faso announced its withdrawal from the genetically modified cotton introduced by multinational Monsanto eight years before. The Cotton Connection investigation shows that the American company made huge mistakes, but is not the only actor to be criticised.

Nigeria: Europe's Electronic Junkyard

  • Environment
  • Economy
  • Health
  • Industry

Thousands of tons of used electronics and illegal e-waste are imported into Nigeria annually. High demand for used European electronics, inefficient regulation, and a local lack of recycling facilities form a growing hazard.

Mafia in Africa 2

  • Industry
  • Organised crime

Mafia in Africa 2 exposes the fraudulent business empire of Italian criminal Curio Pintus, who was sentenced to three years in jail in 2001 for laundering drug money for the 'ndrangheta, but remains active as CEO of US “merchant bank”, the Pintus Group.

The Lunatic Express

  • Industry

How did one of Africa's biggest investment companies spend the money they collected from international developments banks for the refurbishment of the Rift Valley Railway?

The Donbass Paradox

  • Economy
  • Industry
  • Politics

Russian-backed separatists have plundered the rebel-held regions in Ukraine’s industrial heartland and created an economy stricken with fear, hypocrisy and contradiction. How has business transformed since the rebels took control of Ukraine’s east?

The Future Is Brown: Fresh Coal Plants for the Balkans

  • Health
  • Industry

While the Western Balkans have a widely untapped potential for green energy, Balkan governments like Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina are locking national energy systems into outdated and heavily polluting coal infrastructures for decades to come.

Nerves of Steel: How the EU gave carte blanche to health poisoners

  • Europe
  • Health
  • Industry

Steel producers and other industrial sectors must comply with new EU emission rules by 2016. But the giants of the steel industry have watered down their obligations after a successful lobbying campaign within the EU decision-making process.