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How a Corrupt $3.2 Billion International Arms Scandal was Uncovered

  • Open Gov Hub 1110 Vermont Ave NW #500 Washington DC 20005 USA (map)

How a Corrupt $3.2 Billion International Arms Scandal was Uncovered
A Workshop on Investigative Research and Storytelling


What does it take to uncover an international corruption scandal?

Hear from Ivan Angelovski, an award-winning investigative journalist from the Balkans and current Open Gov Hub Community Catalyst, who will tell how he was part of a team that uncovered a $3.2 billion arms trade corruption story, which involved actors in the US, Central Europe and the Middle East.

He will explain how they used open data combined with key tactics - like mining procurement documents and triangulating multiple sources - to uncover this dark shadow world, and how the same methods can be applied to other research investigations on complex issues.

Ivan will summarize key lessons and tools from this experience, especially ones that NGOs can apply to their own policy research and investigative work. 


This is the first in a new Open Gov Hub Workshop Series on "Educating and Storytelling for Social Impact." The goal of the series is to help Hub organizations and our network improve their ability to educate people on the policy and social issues they work on, and better tell stories that describe the impact of their work, effectively growing and engaging their audiences.