Our Organisation

Finance Uncovered is an independent non-profit journalism organisation set up to make important follow-the-money stories happen around the world. Through our training programme, we have improved the financial investigation skills of over 1,000 journalists and activists in more than 90 countries. We also help our alumni network — journalists who have completed our training — and the organisations they work for pursue financial leads on their own stories across all kinds of subjects, including human and labour rights, and climate change.  In some cases, we collaborate further, publishing joint investigations in tandem with partner media outlets. In recent years, FU has worked on major collaborative projects, including GuptaLeaks, LuandaLeaks and Pandora Papers. Most staff work out of FU’s offices in London, while one reporter works remotely from Nairobi, Kenya.

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By Simon Bowers, Investigations Editor

The new head of the Word Trade Organization has delivered a damning critique of Britain’s supposed fight against international corruption, accusing the UK of harbouring a “cottage industry” of financial enablers who cater to corrupt public officials overseas.

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Investigations involving money are not always about kleptocrats and big corporations: some of the biggest perpetrators of exploitative finance also exist in everyday life.

An investigation led by Namrata Sharma, the former chair of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Nepal, in collaboration with Luc Caregari from Reporter.lu and Finance Uncovered, was a harrowing illustration of that.

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By Lionel Faull, Ted Jeory and Purity Mukami

A senior anti-corruption adviser to Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari today issued a stinging rebuke to Boris Johnson’s claim that Britain is “not remotely a corrupt country” – saying the UK is in fact a major enabler of looted funds from his own country.

Professor Sadiq Isah Radda, who is the executive secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption in Nigeria, told the British Prime Minister that London was actually “the most notorious safe haven for looted funds in the world today”.

He said “actions speak louder than words and talk is cheap” and challenged the PM to deliver a long-promised law that would help stem the flow of dirty money into UK property, as highlighted by the Pandora Papers investigation last month. 

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by Simon Bowers

Finance Uncovered in October 2021 revealed a series of secret offshore entities set up for the family of Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta. The investigation was part of a global collaboration, organised by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, in which more than 600 journalists sifted through a leak of almost 12 million files, known as the Pandora Papers.

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By Simon Bowers, Lionel Faull and Purity Mukami

A Finance Uncovered graphic (below) reveals a wave of cash flooding into London property from elite Nigerian politicians and business figures using offshore secrecy vehicles.

The interactive visualisation, produced using data leaked in the Pandora Papers and other similar investigations, offers a further indication that there was a mushrooming of UK property purchases by Nigerian-owned offshore companies.

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By Purity Mukami and Simon Bowers

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family, the political dynasty that has dominated Kenyan politics since independence, for many years secretly owned a web of offshore companies in Panama and the British Virgin Islands, according to a new leak of documents known as the Pandora Papers.

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By Lionel Faull and Ted Jeory

Embattled Kenyan betting giant SportPesa has “disputed” the astonishing Sh95 billion (£633 million) total that the Kenya Revenue Authority says it owes in unpaid taxes.

The figure, reported by the Daily Nation newspaper in January, is thought to be one of the biggest amounts ever claimed from a company by the Kenyan tax collector. 

The Daily Nation article was based on a leaked letter from the KRA to SportPesa’s main entity in Kenya, Pevans East Africa, in which it detailed its findings from a preliminary audit of the company’s tax affairs from 2015 to 2019.

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By Simon Bowers and Martin Bright.

British oil major BP paid $100 million to cancel a shipyard construction project in Angola only for a third of the money to be promised to a Panamanian company run by a powerful and allegedly corrupt Angolan official, according to whistle-blower documents seen by Finance Uncovered.

The documents shine new light on the enormous influence of oil executives at the top of Angola’s state-owned oil company Sonangol, who have for decades acted as gatekeepers to Sub-Saharan Africa’s second largest hydrocarbon reserves.

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