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

06.12.2019 High levels of defence corruption risk threaten security and stability in Niger

6 December, Niamey – Security and stability in Niger are threatened by high levels of corruption risk in its national defence sector, according to new research by Transparency International...

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29.11.2019 Promoting responsible governance in national defence establishments

By Stephanie Trapnell, Head of Research, and Michael Ofori-Mensah PhD, Project Manager How to govern military power presents one of the great global challenges of our age. Powerful, secretive...

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27.11.2019 Nigeria security votes spending case: Court ruling ‘important moment’ in fight for transparency

27 November, London – A court ruling this week that paves the way for civil society in Nigeria to challenge senior politicians over their secretive spending of billions of...

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25.11.2019 Critical Defence Corruption Risk Threatens Security and Stability in Middle East and North Africa

25 November, London – Security and stability across the Middle East and North Africa continues to be undermined by the risk of corruption in defence institutions, according to new...

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19.11.2019 EU Institutions Vulnerable as Authoritarian States ‘Weaponise’ Corruption, TI-DS Warns

November 19, London – Corruption is being harnessed by authoritarian regimes as a foreign policy tool, research by Transparency International – Defence & Security warns – and the West...

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18.11.2019 Corruption as statecraft: Why urgent steps must be taken to guard against this form of hybrid warfare

By Dr Karolina MacLachlan States and corrupt elite are turning to corruption to achieve foreign policy goals and a way to carry out hybrid warfare. This kind of corruption...

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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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