Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI) was born due to the fortunate meeting of its founders at the seventh Global Investigative Journalism Conference (GIJC), taking place in October 2011 in Kyiv. From then on, eight Italian journalists began networking in order to establish an organisation dedicated to investigative journalism, the first of its kind in Italy.
Creating in Italy an organisation solely engaged with the practice of investigative journalism on the model of other centres already active in the US and other countries, including Eastern Europe, was the aim of us all. IRPI digs into the interests that hide behind certain political or corporate policies and investigates illegal trafficking of any kind, favouring topics such as the public spending, organised crime, environmental impoverishment, corporate policies that lead to illegal profits or social injustice.
IRPI has established itself as an independent organisation. Investigations are carried out thanks to funds raised through a mix of donations from foundation and grants for journalists. The selling of editorial products and services to Italian and international media and crowdfunding initiatives also sustain IRPI’s costs.
The project investigates, maps, analyses and visualises Italian mafias’ investments and money laundering practices in Africa, and how has this changed precarious African economies and impacted communities.