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Corruption in defence and security heightens conflict risks, wastes public resources, and exacerbates human insecurity. Events such as the collapse of the Afghan security forces and fall of Afghanistan, Russia’s war in Ukraine, and a spate of coups across Africa, have brought these linkages into sharp relief, and shone a glaring light on the need for change.

Transparency International Defence & Security is a leading centre of excellence and advocacy on these issues. Part of the global Transparency International Movement, we are working to bring corruption in defence and security out of the shadows. We champion transparency, and mobilise national and international action to build integrity and better security for all.

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.


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


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.



21.02.2024 Event: Joining the Dots: Gender, Corruption and Insecurity

  Join Transparency International Defence and Security online as we explore how conflict, insecurity and corruption fuel gender inequality. Register today As gender advocates gather at the United Nations...

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16.02.2024 Munich Security Conference: Confronting the invisible threat of corruption 

February 16, 2024 – Transparency International is to shed light on a critical yet overlooked threat at this year’s Munich Security Conference: the use of ‘strategic corruption’ as a...

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15.02.2024 African Union 2024 summit: United front against defence corruption required for lasting peace

February 15, 2024 – As African leaders gather in Addis Ababa for the 2024 African Union (AU) Summit, the urgent agenda of addressing peace and security takes centre stage....

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06.02.2024 Victory for anti-corruption activism underscores pivotal role of informed citizens in fortifying integrity

February 6, 2024 – A successful campaign in Ukraine for the publication of prices paid for non-lethal procurement by the country’s Ministry of Defence highlights how greater transparency can...

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02.02.2024 Ukraine military procurement fraud poses significant threat to safety and security of Ukrainian people

Revelation highlights danger of collusion in arms procurement   February 2, 2024 – Responding to reports that officials in Ukraine had uncovered a mass procurement fraud in the country’s...

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18.01.2024 A good day for asset recovery: $8.9million from arms procurement corruption to be returned to Nigeria

January 18, 2024 – Transparency International Defence & Security welcomes the seizure of $8.9million that was siphoned off by corrupt Nigerian officials from funds meant to be used to...

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