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  • Diverted Aid

    How part of European development and humanitarian funds are spent for managing migration programs in Africa

The story investigates how a growing proportion of EU development aid resources are being diverted to support projects aimed at stemming migration flows, through EU initiatives such as the “EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa” established in November 2015 and the “New Migration Partnership Framework” launched in June 2016. The project explores the issue from two perspectives: top-down, by data analysis of shifting funds allocation; and bottom-up, by collecting stories and evidence from the ground in recipient African countries.

The first part of the investigation will be carried out with datajournalism tools: through maps, info-graphics and animated Gif we will track EU development funds allocations and movements. The second part of the story consists of multimedia (written, photo and video) reportage based on testimonies and evidence about how Eu resources are being spent in Mali and Niger. Text piece will be accompanied by shareable short videos and graphics that will include photos, maps and data visualizations.

News on Eu development funds spent to stem migration flows are already being published on 


Twitter: with the hashtag #DivertedAid.

Photo: Agadez transit camp. Copyright: Luca Salvatore Pistone

Project information

  • Locations
    Agadez - Niger, Niamey - Niger, Bamako - Mali, Belgium
  • Duration
    6 months
  • Release date
    June 2017
  • Budget
    € 20000