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  • Can You Fight Poverty With A Five-Star Hotel?

    My story is about the World Bank’s private investing arm, the International Finance Corporation, the IFC. It reveals that the IFC is a profit-oriented, deal-driven organization that not only fails to fight poverty, its stated mission, but may exacerbate it in its zeal to earn a healthy return on investment. The article details my investigation through hundreds of primary source and other documents, dozens of interviews around the world and my trip to Ghana to see many projects first-hand, to recount that the IFC hands out billions in cut-rate loans to wealthy tycoons and giant multinationals in some of the world’s poorest places. My story details the IFC’s investments with a who’s who of giant multinational corporations: Dow Chemical, DuPont, Mitsubishi, Vodafone, and many more. It outlines that the IFC funds fast-food chains like Domino's Pizza in South Africa and Kentucky Fried Chicken in Jamaica. It invests in upscale shopping malls in Egypt, Ghana, the former Soviet republics, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. It backs candy-shop chains in Argentina and Bangladesh; breweries with global beer behemoths like SABMiller and with other breweries in the Czech Republic, Laos, Romania, Russia, and Tanzania; and soft-drink distribution for the likes of Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and their competitors in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Mali, Russia, South Sudan, Uzbekistan, and more. The criticism of most such investments -- from a broad array of academics, watchdog groups and local organizations in the poor countries themselves -- is that these investments make little impact on poverty and could just as easily be undertaken without IFC subsidies. In some cases, critics contend, the projects hold back development and exacerbate poverty, not to mention subjecting affected countries to pollution and other ills.
  • Investigation into the Chinese Sex Mafia

    A series of investigations uncovers a human trafficking ring in Ghana. Chinese girls are lured to the country by being promised singing careers in African operas but are then sold to wealthy individuals for sex.
  • Undercover Inside Ghana's "Mad House"

    A reporter spends seven months undercover in Ghana's major psychiatric hospital. In a series of four stories, he uncovers the "neglect and abuse" of patients by the staff, as well as the purchase and distribution of narcotics within the hospital walls.
  • Sex Ghetto Raided

    Police in Ghana new about the abuse of young girls ranging from 11- 14 in age in local brothels but did not have the proper evidence to close down the facility until the reporter presented the authorities with video proof. There were 60 minors after the arrest of 239 sex workers and clients.
  • Human for sale 'dons' exposed

    "This cross border investigative story unmasked a complex web of human trafficking syndicate operating in the West African sub region where young girls and in some cases children are sold into prostitution in Europe and America. The eight month long investigative scoop finally led to the smashing of the syndicate in a sting operation led by this journalist. 17 girls who were about to be sold were eventually rescued in the operation, with two suspects busted.
  • Labor Movement: Shortage of Nurses Hits Hardest Where They are Needed the Most

    The Wall Street Journal reports on the shortage of nurses in Ghana, Africa. More than 500 left the country last year, most to take higher-paying jobs in wealthy countries. Nurses in Ghana, a poor country, earn about $75 a month. Last year's departures were nearly triple the 1999 total and more than double the number of nursing graduates Ghana produced in 2000. Furthermore, the global flow of nurses, from poor to rich lands, reflects the way talent today goes to the highest bidder, regardless of national borders. This rewards talented people, of course, but adds to the problems of health-care systems in many poor nations.
  • Soldiers of Misfortune

    KQED-TV (San Francisco) airs documentary on a group of U.S. mercenaries arrested in Brazil with a boat loaded with munitions intended for the overthrow of the government of Ghana; traces links with private network of covert operators with ties to the White House, Feb. 11 and May 13, 1987.