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

28.08.2020 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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23.06.2020 Corruption risks threaten ability of Iraq’s defence institutions to respond to threats

With security threatened by increasingly belligerent armed actors and a hastened drawdown of international troops due to COVID-19, Iraq cannot afford to leave its defence institutions open to corruption....

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10.06.2020 Statement on the killing of George Floyd, protests in the United States, and the need for transparency in related military deployments

    Download as PDF: Statement on the killing of George Floyd, protests in the United States, and the need for transparency in related military deployments   June 10,...

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07.04.2020 Defence Sector Corruption, an Underestimated Foe in Times of Crisis

This article originally appeared on the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) website. By Ara Marcen Naval and Karolina MacLachlan.   Throughout the coronavirus outbreak, all eyes have been on...

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19.03.2020 Higher or Weaker Walls Over Sensitive U.S. Arms Exports?

By Colby Goodman This post first appeared in the March 2020 edition of The Export Practitioner.    Sometimes good intentions are just good intentions. In the push for major...

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