Accountable Defence Sectors

The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) is the first global index of its kind to analyse corruption risks and vulnerabilities in the defence and security sector. It is based on the thorough assessment of more than 400 independent experts and peer reviewers, as well as feedback from more than one third of the 110+ governments analysed. In 2015 and 2016 we have been releasing the second iteration of the index in stages, publishing regional and thematic reports that present the key findings. All information, including the evidence and detailed commentary, is available online.

Following the GI releases, the “Accountable Defence Sectors” (ADS) team works towards establishing global standards in defence and security – particularly among major, influential and emerging powers and in cooperation with civil society partners (TI and beyond) across the globe. It aims to realise wide acceptance of these standards, which should lead to a measurable reduction in corruption risk in defence and security.

Objectives

  • Establishing standards of accountability and transparency in defence institutions

    The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index is our most effective tool to incentivise action among advanced economies. A strong GI brand, backed up by rigorous research, will drive reform in many NATO or OECD countries. Success will depend on harnessing the power of convening institutions (NATO, the UN, the EU, OECD) and leveraging the support of progressive governments willing to help universalise standards. But we will need to match gains in NATO with a critical mass of support in at least one other region over the next 5 years in order to establish firmly the global relevance of our standards.

  • Building international stability through new norms for responsible powers

    The international community has a limited window in which to shape the behaviour of emerging powers and bind them into a rules-based system based on values of transparency and accountability. We will play a game-changing role by establishing the GI as the foundation of a new international initiative’. A new ‘Responsible Power Initiative’ will attempt to build a broad base of support across the OECD and interested emerging powers, creating global momentum for accountability and transparency, giving member countries a stake in our methodology, and combining the power of peer-led evaluation with TI’s global reputation for high standards and independence.

  • Sustained national strategies to achieve measurable outcomes

    Our limited resources will be targeted at a small number of countries with the will and capacity to take action, but also the power and influence to precipitate broader change. We will position ourselves as the leading international centre of expertise on tackling defence corruption. We’ll continue to develop instrumental relationships with individuals in defence establishments which share our values in order to influence ‘from the inside’, but we’ll also broaden our approach to parliamentarians, inspectors general, and national anti-corruption bodies, and be prepared to draw public attention to the most egregious examples of state-facilitated corruption where working directly with governments has little effect.

  • Increased global impact through the creation of an international network

    DSP will become a global network, with London underpinning chapter-based work by executing international campaigns, generating a compelling evidence base to inspire action, and providing tools to support project work. We will support National Chapters taking the lead in priority countries, ensuring we are always driven by an understanding of local barriers, and are able to adapt our approach and develop broad networks.

Key Publications

Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index – Colombia

This report publishes the country risk rankings derived from our data and examines the trends across Colombia

Regional Results: Africa

The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) assesses the existence, effectiveness, and enforcement of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in [...]

Results: G20

The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) assesses the existence and effectiveness of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in defence [...]

Regional Results: Asia

The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) assesses the existence and effectiveness of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in defence [...]

Results: NATO Members & Partner States

The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) assesses the existence, effectiveness, and enforcement of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in [...]

Regional Results: Middle East & North Africa

The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) assesses the existence and effectiveness of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in defence [...]

Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index 2015

The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) assesses the existence, effectiveness and enforcement of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in [...]

Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index 2013

The Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) is our way of measuring the corruption risk in government defence establishments, the parties which demand defence goods. [...]

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