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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

06.05.2021 Lobbying, revolving door, conflicts of interest: time to close the door to defence industry influence

May 6, 2021 – Close links between the defence industry and governments in Europe are jeopardising the integrity and accountability of national security decisions, according to a new report...

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28.04.2021 Defence decision-making in Italy exposed to corporate interests

New report warns close relationships and weak regulations leave door open to undue influence   28 April, 2021 – A close relationship between the defence industry and the Italian...

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25.02.2021 Addressing the nexus between corruption and conflict through Security Sector Reform

By Julien Joly, Thematic Manager, Corruption, Conflict and Crisis, Transparency International Defence & Security   Corruption, conflict and instability are profoundly intertwined. It has been shown time and again...

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25.02.2021 Anti-corruption and accountability ‘missing element’ to West Africa stabilisation and peacebuilding efforts

February 25, 2021 – Stabilisation and peacebuilding efforts in West Africa are being undermined by a failure to address underlying corruption and a lack of accountability in the region’s...

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09.02.2021 Defence companies are not doing enough to stop corruption. Only a commitment to transparency will turn things around

By Ara Marcen Naval, Head of Advocacy – Transparency International Defence & Security   Nearly three-quarters of the world’s largest defence companies show little to no commitment to tackling...

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09.02.2021 World’s largest defence companies not doing enough to tackle corruption

ARMS INDUSTRY MUST DO MORE TO IMPROVE QUALITY AND TRANSPARENCY OF ANTI-CORRUPTION MEASURES February 9, 2021 – Nearly three-quarters of the world’s largest defence companies show little to no...

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