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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

09.08.2022 The hidden costs of privatising defence and security

Michael Ofori-Mensah, Head of Research at Transparency International Defence and Security, describes some of the dangers documented in our latest research paper. Unaccountable private military and security companies continue...

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19.07.2022 Military corruption risks in post-coup Mali face tighter scrutiny

Work is underway to shape policies necessary for the prevention of further coups in Mali, following two recent military takeovers of the west African nation. Mali has been operating...

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24.02.2022 Transparency International responds to the attack against Ukraine

Corruption fuels conflict and insecurity globally, and we are now seeing its effects acutely in the case of Russia and Ukraine. Leading democracies have facilitated this conflict by allowing...

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16.11.2021 The Government Defence Integrity Index: a roadmap to a better defence sector

By Ara Marcen Naval, Head of Advocacy at Transparency International Defence & Security   Last week the US President issued a government memorandum making corruption a core national security...

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16.11.2021 62% of countries at high risk of defence and security corruption, index reveals

November 16, 2021 – The 2020 Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI) released today by Transparency International Defence & Security reveals nearly two-thirds of countries face a high to critical...

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05.11.2021 Media advisory: Defence sector corruption index to be published on November 16, 2021

Transparency International Defence & Security will release the full results of its Government Defence Integrity Index on Tuesday, November 16 at 00.01 CET. The Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI)...

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