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Shining a light on corruption, state capture and political patronage in East Africa.


East Africa is a region of great economic potential. However, with African countries losing an estimated US$50 billion annually to illicit financial flows, corruption remains one of the largest barriers to sustainable economic growth and the upliftment of its people.


While 41 per cent of the continent remain in poverty, 1 in 4 Africans report having to pay a bribe to access public services and Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer – Africa 2019 found that more than half of citizens surveyed believe their nation is becoming more corrupt. Moreover, in countries such as Kenya and Uganda two-thirds of people fear retaliation if they speak up about corruption, so it often goes unreported


Who We Are

Spotlight East Africa is a network of journalists, bloggers and commentators working to expose corruption, state capture and political patronage in the region.


It has never been more difficult to be a journalist in East Africa, but Spotlight East Africa is committed to protecting its contributors. Follow us on social media and subscribe to our mailing list to stay up to date with the latest from the region.

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