Why does the Western world feed Africa with one hand while taking from it with the other?
Africa is rich in natural resources that are being exploited for big profits, but the money is rarely used for the benefit of the people. Instead it goes to line the pockets of corrupt officials who then often smuggle it out to be deposited in secret offshore bank accounts in the developed world.
So who facilitates these transactions? And how and why does the developed world make it so easy to launder this dirty cash?
In this revealing investigation produced for Al Jazeera’s People & Power series, Stanley Kwenda and the Ghanaian undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, set off to find out.
Posing as a corrupt Zimbabwean official and his lawyer, their probe takes them deep into the murky world of 'corporate service providers' - experts in the formation of company structures that allow the corrupt to circumvent lax international money laundering rules.