3rd Making Transparency Possible conference - Interdisciplinary dialogues 2019

Research Conference March 18th 2019

Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

WHERE: Oslo Metropolitan University, Auditorium "Athene", Pilestredet 46, Oslo. 

WHEN: 18th March, 2019

The third research conference in the series “Making Transparency Possible - Interdisciplinary dialogues” focused on “Financial Secrecy and the impact of investigative journalism and cross-border collaboration on the public understanding of illicit financial flows.” A one day conference, with 20 contributors from 6 countries in the programme. About 200 people attended in the audience.

“There is a growing global consensus that the secrecy-havens—jurisdictions which undermine global standards for corporate and financial transparency—pose a global problem: they facilitate both money laundering and tax avoidance and evasion, contributing to crime and unacceptably high levels of global wealth inequality.” (Joseph E. Stiglitz and Mark Pieth) 

“International accountability is an issue for lawyers, economists, politicians and lobbyists, scientists, health care professionals, academics, accountancy, business and finance professionals, and more. In a modern approach to accountability journalism, newsrooms should seek to partner and collaborate outside their profession as widely as possible, being open to the expertise of others.” (Richard Sambrook).

“The journalists of the past used some of the same techniques as the journalists of today: they went undercover, they looked for witnesses, they interviewed survivors and they tried hard to verify what they had heard second-hand. The people who opposed their reporting also used tactics we know today; hiring lobbyists, lawyers and public relations people, applying soft pressure and sometimes resorting to violence.” (Anya Schiffrin) 


Speakers at the conference included:
  • Anya Schiffrin, Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications (TMaC) specialization at Columbia University, USA. Schiffrin is a former business journalist and senior finance writer.   
  • Joseph Stiglitz, Former Senior Vice President of the World Bank and member and chair of the US president’s Council of Economic Advisers, USA. Stiglitz is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science, 2001. 
  • Richard Sambrook, Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University. Previously, Sambrook was Director of Global News at the BBC where he worked as a journalist for 30 years as a producer, editor and manager. 
  • Professor Kalle Moene, University of Oslo, Norway. Moene is head of ESOP - Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance at University of Oslo, which is funded by The Research Council of Norway as part of the Centres of Excellence.
  • Frian Aarsnes, Chair of the Board at Publish What You Pay Norway. He is a State Authorized Public Accountant who has worked 7 years in a “big 3” auditing firm, 10 years in a global extractive company and 11 years in global consulting on the extractive area. Currently working at ECON Consulting Group. 
  • Craig McKune, amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism, South Africa. One of the journalists behind the exposure of the Gupta Scandal, which partly led to President Jacob Zuma resignation.
  • Daniela Quiróz-Lépiz,Data Journalist, Costa Rica. Currently working in Burkina Faso as Coordinator for the Center Norbert Zongo for Investigating Reporting in West Africa promoting and supporting cross border data investigation, transparency and open data in the region.
  • Mwanyanga Ndapewoshali Shapwanale, Investigative journalist in Namibia who started her investigative journalism career with the daily The Namibian newspaper and from January 2019 will be with the weekly The Patriot. She is also an amaBhungane fellow at the Centre for Investigative Journalism based in South Africa.

In addition to the keynote speakers and invited panels, a limited number of papers was accepted for presentation in parallel sessions

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Programme 18th March. 

3rd Making Transparency Possible conference - Interdisciplinary dialogues 2019

08:1508:4500:30Registration, tea/coffee/fruit

Keynote by Anya Schiffrin "Investigative journalism in the extractive industries"
Introduction and moderation by Linn Anker-Sørensen

Anya Schiffrin is the director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Her most recent books are African Muckraking: 75 Years of African Investigative Journalism (Jacana 2017) and Global Muckraking: 100 Years of Investigative Reporting from Around the World (New Press, 2014).


Keynote by professor Joseph Stiglitz, "Secrecy, Transparency and Globalization"

Introduction and moderation by Kalle Moene

Followed by a conversation with professor Kalle Moene

Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University, the winner of the 2001 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, and a lead author of the 1995 IPCC report, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. At Columbia, Stiglitz co-chairs the Committee on Global Thought and is founder and co-president of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue. He is the author most recently of The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future. 

Kalle Moene is professor Economics, University of Oslo, Norway and heading ESOP - Centre for the Study of Equality, Social Organization and Performance at University of Oslo, which is funded by The Research Council of Norway as part of the Centres of Excellence.


Book launch: Making Transparency Posible: An Interdisciplinary Dialogues.

Download and read: Making Transparency Possible: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue.

By Cappelen Damm Akademiske, by Simon Aase and Katia Stieglitz.

An anthology for journalism students embarking on careers as investigative journalists in a global economy.

The anthology has been published as an Open Access scientific publication by the publisher Cappelen Damm Akedemiske. As such, all chapters can be downloaded for free. The anthology is published under Creative Commons CC BY-NC 4.0 license. This type of license allows third parties to freely read, download, copy, print and distribute the book, and use it for any other non-commercial purpose, provided the authors are properly credited per the citation information given in the book, and that the license and conditions for reuse are clearly stated. With this type of license, the authors retain copyright to their own work.

The anthology is published with financial support from Norad(link is external)Norges forskningsråd(link is external) and Finsmarkedsfondet(link is external).


"What needs to be done to make transparency possible?"

Introduction and moderation by Mona Thowsen.

Trond Eirik Schea, Director of the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime (Økokrim), Hans-Christian Holte, Tax Director at the Directorate of Taxes (Skattedirektoratet), Idar Kreutzer, Director of Finance Norway (Finans Norge) and Jon Lomøy, Director at the Norwegian Organisation for International Development (Norad).



Frian Aarsnes, "What needs to be done to make transparency possible? Forensic auditing and investigative journalism".

State authorized public accountant with 24 years of experience from working with and working in extractive industries, Frian Aarsnes has experience from both the private and the public side of the industry. He is an expert in extractive industry taxation and fiscal design.

Mr. Aarsnes is principal consultant at Econ Pöyry. He is also chairman of Publish What You Pay Norway and has contributed extensively to PWYP Norway's reports.

Download and read presentation:PDF icon20190318 Making Transparency Possible - Frian Aarsnes.pdf


What is the impact of investigative journalism on the public undestanding of illicit financial flows?

Introduction and moderation by Kristin Orgeret.

Daniela Quirós Lépiz, Burkina Faso/Costa Rica, Mwanyengwa Ndapewoshali Shapwanale, Angola/Namibia and Craig McKune, South Africa.

14:4515:1500:30Richard Sambrook, Professor of Journalism and Director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University. Previously, Sambrook was Director of Global News at the BBC where he worked as a journalist for 30 years as a producer, editor and manager. 
                                                    Paralell sessions I

Panel I

Panel II



  • Associate Professor, Birgitte Kjos Fonn, (Oslo Metropolitan University): What someone wants to be kept in the dark. An analysis of the Norwegian Panama Papers coverage.
  • Associate Professor, Maria Know-Lund, (Oslo Metropolitan University): The Normalization of Actors within Investigative Journalism in Emerging Media Platforms


  • Senior researcher Aslak Orre and Professor Emeritus Helge Rønning (University of Oslo): 'When the Curse comes before the Resources: Defrauding Mozambique.
  • Professor of Law And Economics, Tina Søreide and PhD Research Scolar Kasper Vagle, (Norwegian School of Econoics): De facto efficiency standards in the context of negotiated settlements 
                                                  Session III
Panel III
  • Professor of Accounting, Louise Crawford (Newcastle University Business School) and Professor of Accounting Jim Haslam (Sheffield University Management School): Exploring the impact and diffusion of payments to governments disclosures in practice.