Money Trail website

About us

Money Trail is a collaborative project between highly regarded journalism and training organizations – Finance Uncovered, Free Press Unlimited, – and Oxfam Novib. The Money Trail project ran from April 2018 until September 2021.

Conducting and delivering journalistic illicit finance investigations is often long, difficult and complex. It can even be dangerous. It can take courage to even start researching these stories.

Money Trail delivers practical skills and tools for journalists and activists all over the world who want to investigate tax abuse, money laundering and corruption.

Run by Finance Uncovered and Free Press Unlimited, our six financial investigation courses over three years also include a comprehensive digital security component.

In addition, through, Money Trail offers working grants to (mixed teams of) African, Asian and European journalists to investigate cross-border illicit financial flows, tax abuse and corruption in Africa, Asia and Europe. Grants are awarded to journalists solely by, with no input or oversight at any stage from the consortium as a whole.

Civil society activists will receive separate Money Trail training on illicit finance and campaign tactics by Oxfam Novib.

Money Trail is supported by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.

Money Trail exists because countries throughout the world lose billions of dollars through tax abuse, money laundering and grand corruption. Investigative journalism is key to combatting this situation. Such work clearly can have tremendous impact. Brilliant reporting by journalists and some notable civil society organizations has resulted in revenue authorities and enforcement agencies recovering desperately needed funds. Politicians have been forced to act.

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