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  • Contribution to Independent Review Panel on UN response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Foreign Military Forces in Central African Republic

    Contribution to Independent Review Panel on UN response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse by Foreign Military Forces in Central African Republic

    Recent allegations of sexual abuse by foreign military forces in CAR, and the investigative process that followed, have demonstrated that sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA) by peacekeeping troops, in which the actions of a small minority can undermine the credibility of a mission, is still an important challenge that the UN must continue to address. Current mechanisms for responding to allegations of malfeasance should and must be strengthened. Photo: MINUSCA / Flickr.

  • 77th Brigade takes the fight against corruption to 21st century enemy

    77th Brigade takes the fight against corruption to 21st century enemy

    In January 2015, the British Army established 77th Brigade, an organisation designed to champion its non-lethal, non-military effects from cyber to civil affairs. In an innovative step, they have seconded one of their officers to Transparency International’s Defence and Security programme. So what is the army hoping to gain from having a man on the inside of the world’s leading anti-corruption outfit? Photo: © Crown Copyright.

  • Future UN Missions must take full account of the need to fight corruption

    Future UN Missions must take full account of the need to fight corruption

    Last month the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Group on Peace Operations published its report. This is a timely intervention, as it comes at a moment when the UN has recognised that changes in conflict and increasing demands for peace support are outpacing the ability of UN peace operations to respond. Photo: Flickr / MINUSCA.

  • Transparency International condemns conviction of Rafael Marques de Morais

    Transparency International condemns conviction of Rafael Marques de Morais

    On May 28 Rafael Marques de Morais, a courageous investigative journalist and anti-corruption activist from Angola, was convicted and given a six-month suspended jail sentence following a trial for criminal defamation after exposing human rights abuses at the hands of military officials and private security contractors in diamond mining operations.

  • Security in Honduras: recent progress by the Alliance for Peace and Justice

    Security in Honduras: recent progress by the Alliance for Peace and Justice

    Honduras is among the poorest and most unequal countries in the world and suffers from the world’s highest homicide rate. Corruption is also a problem, which, added to the perception of insecurity, has had the effect of eroding confidence in the country’s institutions. Read our report on the key civil society alliance fighting for reform in Honduras' troubled security sector.

  • New study: Suspension & Debarment - Strengthening integrity in international defence contracting

    New study: Suspension & Debarment - Strengthening integrity in international defence contracting

    How can governments protect themselves from corruption in the contracting process, without becoming overburdened by long and detailed legal processes? Suspension and debarment systems protect governments from engaging doing business with contractors who pose a business risk by preventing them from participating in government contracts and subcontracts.

Article  |  Identifying corruption risks in the defence and security sector

This article contributes to the debate on conceptualizing corruption by suggesting that sector-specific typologies of corruption risks are useful heuristics that encourage understanding of corruption without attempting to define it in a way that is inherently contestable or inappropriately succinct. To develop this position, this article reflects on the difficulties in trying to define corruption in both general terms and within the context of the defense and security sector. It then details a corruption risk typology in use in the sector, explains how it was used to provide the theoretical backdrop for a global index, and then submits the typology’s five main risk areas to empirical testing using that same index’s results. The models that result show that this typology’s risk areas display sufficient internal coherence for its key risk areas to be of use not only to practitioners, but also to the sector analyst and academic attentive to conceptual concerns.


Report  |  Corruption Threats and International Missions: Practical guidance for leaders

Corruption is a feature of all conflicts, playing a key role in the power-struggle between competing groups for resources and power. This places mission leaders in a challenging situation because it means engagement with corrupt entities is frequently inevitable. This handbook is directed at military and civilian leadership and their staff involved in planning and carrying out operations. It seeks to provide practical guidance that can be used in daily work.


Report  |  Classified Information: A review of current legislation across 15 countries and the EU

Corruption is a feature of all conflicts, playing a key role in the power-struggle between competing groups for resources and power. This places mission leaders in a challenging situation because it means engagement with corrupt entities is frequently inevitable. This handbook is directed at military and civilian leadership and their staff involved in planning and carrying out operations. It seeks to provide practical guidance that can be used in daily work.


Report  |  Single Sourcing: A multi-country analysis of non-competitive defence procurement

Full and open competition is one tool for governments to help ensure best value for money. Yet previous studies highlight that the defence sector is poor in this respect. This report explores trends in the award of non-competitive or single-source contracts in defence.


Blog  |  Chilcot Inquiry must not fall prey to the “national security” excuse

Transparency International’s alarm bells rung back in May when it was revealed that the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Defence have blocked the publication of both meeting records and exchanges between Tony Blair and George W. Bush and the release of six essays by senior serving officers about lessons learned from the conflict in Iraq.


Chapter  |  Unveiling the ‘Shadow World’: Civil Society Engagement and Public Control of the Defense Sector

The defence sector can seem like a 'shadow world', obscured from public view through state secrecy and technical complexity. Public control over defence is not only a democratic necessity, however, but is also in the interest of defence organisations to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and trust. In this chapter from Transparency International Mexico's newly published report "A New Generation of Public Control", Tehmina Abbas and Leah Wawro argue that civil society has a key role to play in demanding integrity and ensuring that defence and security establishments are accountable to their citizens, and that they can do this not only through external monitoring and activism, but also by engaging with defence and security forces to catalyse reform.


Chapter  |  Defence procurement – understanding, identifying and addressing corruption risks

Corruption within defence procurement can have a detrimental impact on security, operational effectiveness, and public trust. Despite defence procurement being a key area of focus in anti-corruption measures in many countries, there remains a serious lack of transparency. In this article for Getting the Deal Through – Public Procurement 2014, Tehmina Abbas summarises Transparency International’s (TI’s) views on the areas in defence and security procurement that most vulnerable to corruption within defence companies and governments.


Report  |  Study on the integrity of the Burundi National Defence Force (FR)

Le rapport, intitulé « Etude sur les aspects de l’intégrité de la Force de Défense Nationale (FDN) » , fournit une évaluation des risques de corruption au sein de la FDN et propose des actions à mener pour faire face aux défis identifiés.


 

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