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How cross-border illicit beer trade is hurting revenue collections in Kenya and Uganda

  • Economy
  • Finance

BUSIA, UGANDA - This story shows how the lapse in the law coupled by porous border points and tax difference is fuelling cross-border beer smuggling between Uganda and Kenya.

It depicts the colossal sums of revenues lost due to the illicit alcohol trade that is thriving between Busia, and Malaba, Uganda’s main border points and leading import from the sea route.

How multinational tech companies exploit tax laws and shift profit: a focus on Ghana and Nigeria

  • Economy
  • Finance

ACCRA, LAGOS - This story identifies the lapses in the current tax systems and how Ghana and Nigeria are dealing with profit shifting and tax avoidance. It exposes how major tech companies, Facebook and Google, use tax havens to avoid payment of taxes in Nigeria and Ghana, depriving these countries of revenue which could be invested in many deprived areas.

Dutch flower farms avoid paying tax in Kenya

  • Agriculture
  • Corruption
  • Economy
  • Finance

AMSTERDAM, NAIROBI - Dutch flower growers in Kenya avoid corporate taxation, using transfer pricing and offshore constructions. The loss of tax revenue due to these practices is substantial and has large consequences for Kenyan society.

The suicide epidemic in the profitable Indian microfinance market

  • Agriculture
  • Finance

MUMBAI - This story focuses on the suicide epidemic of Indian farmers related to over-indebtedness. For the first time the names of the lenders and their donors involved in the farmers' suicides due to overindebeteness are uncovered.

Abuse of SME subsidies

  • Finance
  • Innovation

BELGIUM - When is the use of a subsidy for an independent entrepreneur justified and when is there abuse? Sofie Van Nuffel came across statements that suggest that not everything can be guaranteed by trust alone. 

Romania and Bulgaria, safe havens for Italian mafia money

  • Corruption
  • Europe
  • Finance

BUCHAREST - The need of Italian mafia networks to carry out vast money-laundering operations took them to Romania and Bulgaria. They set up companies that not only succeeded in flying under the radar but also won government contracts. 

La fleurière

  • Finance
In the back room of a flower shop Tomi, Rasto and Mižu dig a tunnel to reach the safe of the National Bank. When the rain continues, the system of corridors is flooded and they are forced to stop their work.

The Moneymakers

  • Finance

BELGIUM - Since its establishment in 1850, the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) has been seen as one of the most reliable, but also most mysterious, institutions in the country. After the introduction of the euro, our Belgian notes and coins disappeared, and the NBB seemed like a relic from the past. What is its reason of existence today?

Fortisgate

  • Finance
  • Politics

A completely new view on the Fortis-case and especially on the very closed deliberation procedure in the magistracy. Wim Van den Eyndes book Fortisgate raises serious questions about the functioning of the judiciary in Belgium.

How generous is the EU: development aid only for the rich?

  • Finance
  • International
  • Politics

When you think of development aid, you think of poor countries. But the biggest receiver of EU development aid happens to be the 18th biggest economy of the world: Turkey. In 2013, Turkey received 2.4 billion Euros...