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  • Why security assistance donors should read the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014

    Why security assistance donors should read the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014

    In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014, a ranking of perceived corruption in the public institutions of 176 countries published today by Transparency International, a familiar list of names scored lowest: Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Sudan, North Korea and Somalia. Five of those six are failed or conflict states that receive military aid packages and security assistance. But unaccountable, opaque security assistance can do more harm than good. Donor states and recipient countries need to do more to make such assistance more accountable, and therefore more effective. Photo: US Army Africa / Flickr.

  • Challenging corruption in Afghanistan

    Challenging corruption in Afghanistan

    The new Afghan government has both a practical and philosophical challenge to reduce corruption. At the moment people do not believe that the government can fight corruption so they accept that it will remain. If the government took practical, well-publicised steps to tackle it, perceptions would begin to change. Read six recommendations we believe the donors and the Afghan government officials need to follow immediately.

  • Georgian CSOs respond to Ministry of Defense arrests

    Georgian CSOs respond to Ministry of Defense arrests

    On October 28 the Chief Prosecutor arrested 5 high ranking officials of the Ministry of Defence, for allegedly squandering GEL 4,102,872 of budget money during state procurement procedures. In a statement, seven Georgian CSOs including Transparency International Georgia stated: "Based on information provided to us by the Ministry of Defense as well as statements made by the prosecutor’s office, it is, at this stage, difficult to identify any signs of crime. We believe that the prosecutor should have submitted weightier evidence and arguments against the defendants, especially when the case concerns the country's defense and security-related issues." Photo: Georgian Ministry of Defence.

  • Civil society organisations in Kosovo call for investigation into corruption allegations at EULEX

    Civil society organisations in Kosovo call for investigation into corruption allegations at EULEX

    Transparency International’s chapter in Kosovo, Kosova Democratic Institute, has joined the call for a full investigation into alleged corruption at the EU’s largest international mission. EULEX, a rule of law mission that started work in Kosovo in 2008, has come under fire for allegedly covering up evidence of corruption among its senior ranks. 11 Kosovar civil society organizations urged EULEX and the European Parliament to investigate wrongdoing and hold those responsible to account. Photo: ©EULEX.

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  • Mission Integrity: Anti-corruption guidance for operational success

    Mission Integrity: Anti-corruption guidance for operational success

    "If we are serious about learning from our recent campaigns, it is imperative that we all get a better understanding of how corruption has an impact on a mission’s credibility, legitimacy and outcomes. Failure to do this will condemn future operations to making the same mistakes again." Read more from Major General David Hook (ret.) on the importance of understanding corruption when planning international interventions. Photo: U.S. Army / Flickr.

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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