What we do

Corruption in the defence and security sector can drive conflict, stifle a country’s development, and consume disproportionate levels of public money. Despite this, the sector remains one of the least transparent and accountable in the world. Transparency International – Defence & Security is part of the global Transparency International movement. We are dedicated to tackling corruption and strengthening transparency and accountability in the defence and security sector worldwide.

We work to strengthen defence integrity in a number of countries and contexts worldwide. Find out more about where we work.

Responsible Defence Governance

Establishing best practice and global norms on responsible governance that ensure integrity, transparency and accountability in the defence sector.

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Conflict & Insecurity

Raising awareness of corruption as a threat to peace and security and helping to build the integrity of national and international defence institutions.

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Industry Integrity

Tackling corruption in the global arms trade by strengthening anti-corruption and corporate transparency standards in defence industry and procurement systems.

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View our renowned indices, used by militaries, governments, industry, civil society, and the international community to measure and understand defence corruption risk.

GovernmentDefenceIntegrityIndex

The Government Defence Integrity Index assesses the existence, effectiveness and enforcement of institutional and informal controls to manage corruption risk in national defence institutions.

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DefenceCompaniesIndex

The Defence Companies Index on Anti-Corruption and Corporate Transparency measures the transparency and quality of ethics and anti-corruption programmes in the world's largest defence companies.

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News

28.10.2020 Conflict, corruption and gender: Twenty years on from UN Security Council Resolution 1325

Two decades after the UN formally acknowledged the disproportionate and devastating impact of armed conflict on women and girls with the landmark Security Council Resolution 1325, we speak with...

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26.10.2020 A year into mass protests, Lebanon’s leaders must finally take action against corruption

By Benedicte Aboul-Nasr, Project Officer, Transparency International – Defence & Security   On October 17, 2019, Lebanese citizens took to the streets in response to a government proposal to...

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23.10.2020 Nigeria must stop using violence against protesters

Governance reforms, including to security sector, are urgently needed   23 October 2020 – Transparency International condemns the Nigerian state’s excessive use of force and the continued perpetration of...

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21.10.2020 Defence decision-making in Germany exposed to corporate interests

New report warns weak regulations leave door open to undue influence   October 21 – German defence policy risks being influenced by corporate interests, new research by Transparency International...

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28.08.2020 If Niger hopes to secure peace it must address defence corruption

Despite promising initiatives, tackling corruption in the Nigerien security sector is still hindered by secrecy   By Flora Stevens, Project Officer – Global Advocacy   Africa’s Sahel has been...

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31.07.2020 Response to SFO prosecution of defence contractor GPT following long-running corruption probe

31 July, London –  In response to an announcement by the Serious Fraud Office that the agency has charged defence contractor GPT Special Project Management and three individuals after a long-running...

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We work with governments, armed forces, defence companies, civil society organisations, academics and journalists. If you’re interested in working with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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