Selay Kouassi

Selay Kouassi, Ivory Coast

Investigative Journalist

Selay Kouassi initiated the award-nominated transnational investigation into ‘Fair-Trade’ chocolate, ‘The Fair-Trade Chocolate Rip-Off.’ In the course of the investigation, for which he and three other West African colleagues interviewed workers at a total of seventy cocoa farms in the region, he was threatened by individuals connected with ‘Fair-Trade’ cooperatives and others in the West African cocoa mafia.
In his long career he has also investigated water supply performance by West African governments and the reasons behind the civil war in his country, Ivory Coast. He is presently conducting research into NGOs in his country, asking why some of these don’t do more to support social struggles by people who try to hold leaders accountable.

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CHAPTER 2: THE LAST RESOURCE, KENYA | Fighting for daily life

CHAPTER 3: THE LAST RESOURCE, LIBERIA |Surviving amid predators and hunger

CHAPTER 4: THE LAST RESOURCE, MALI | Exposed to evil

CHAPTER 6: THE LAST RESOURCE, SOUTH AFRICA | Apartheid and the useless men in our lives

CHAPTER 7: THE LAST RESOURCE, UGANDA | A very public secret

CHAPTER 8: THE LAST RESOURCE, ZIMBABWE | After dark

CONCLUSION