Selay Marius Kouassi

“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, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Selay conducted a 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. He joined the International Consortium of Investigative Journalism’s ‘Swiss Leaks’ Project team, to trace billions lost annually in Africa and he was also part of ‘‘Fatal Extraction’’; a transnational investigation team tasked with uncovering Australian mining companies’ dubious activities in Africa. Selay is presently conducting an investigation to reveal why anti-corruption entities are ineffective in tackling corruption in Côte d’Ivoire.”