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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

21.02.2020 Complacency in defence and security: the biggest threat to global stability?

The theme of this year’s annual Munich Security Conference was ‘Westlessness’.  Awkward to pronounce and going by the evidence, equally awkward to discuss in (polite) internationally mixed company.  That...

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19.02.2020 Crisis in the Sahel: Why tackling corruption in defence and security is essential to securing peace

By Matthew Steadman, Project Officer – Conflict & Insecurity   2019 was a deeply concerning year for the Sahel. Attacks by extremist groups have increased five-fold in Mali, Niger...

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04.02.2020 A new phase for the Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO)

In 2016, Transparency International – Ukraine and Transparency International – Defence & Security created the Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO). A year ago, NAKO became an independent NGO. As...

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14.01.2020 Major gaps in American corruption risk assessments for arms sales

January 14, 2020 – Sweeping reforms to controls on American arms sales abroad are increasing holes in checks to identify and curb corruption – measures that can also be...

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20.12.2019 A Mutal Extortion Racket: How the American defence industry helps ensure arms exports are priortised over foreign US policy outcomes

20th December, London – The complex web of murky pathways through which the American defense industry works to secure permission to export arms to repressive regimes in the Middle...

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18.12.2019 Three things the Government Defence Integrity Index can tell us about defence and security in the MENA region

By Steve Francis OBE, Director of Transparency International – Defence & Security The Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI) is the first global analysis of corruption risks and the existence...

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