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Dangerously Diluted: Corruption’s role in fueling arms diversion

The scandals that shook the world into action in 2001 to prevent the illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons (SALW) were often fueled by corruption. Arms brokers bribing government officials to create fraudulent export or import documentation played key roles in these schemes to violate UN arms embargoes. In other cases, military or […]

Betrayed by the Guardians: The human toll of corruption in defence and security

In this briefing, we showcase the experiences of people whose lives have been torn apart by corruption within the defence and security sector. Their stories are gathered from across the world, drawn from first-hand conversations with those willing to give testament, and from investigations conducted by media and international organisations.  These stories demonstrate how institutional […]

Trojan Horse Tactics: Unmasking the imperative for transparency in military spending

Militarisation is back on the agenda. Since the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and amidst rising tensions in East Asia, the Middle East and the Sahel, governments around the world have been ramping up their defence spending. Where budgets increase, so does corruption risk, especially when sectors are lacking functioning transparency, accountability, and […]

Blissfully Blind: The new US push for defence industrial collaboration with partner countries and its corruption risks

The rise in global insecurity is pushing many US security partner countries to reignite or revise a familiar but risky approach to expanding national defence industrial capabilities. Sometimes referred to as ‘defence offsets’ or ‘industrial participation’, this approach requires foreign defence companies to invest in the local economies of countries as a condition for the […]

TI-DS Gender Mainstreaming Strategy: 2023-2025

Transparency International Defence & Security’s (TI-DS) 2023-2025 Gender Mainstreaming Strategy aims to promote the capacity of the organisation to mainstream a gender perspective and move towards good and best practice approaches of gender-sensitivity and gender-responsiveness. Gender-sensitivity ensures that TI-DS programmes, projects and activities reduce the risk of harms to partners and participants and reduces risks […]

Securing Integrity, Fostering Peace

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 […]

Securing progress: mapping opportunities for anti-corruption in security sector reform frameworks

Heavy reliance on technocratic ‘train and equip’ approaches turns a blind eye to political determinants and neglects the need for a sensitive re-balancing of power for reform success. This publication showcases anti-corruption opportunities in security sector reform initiatives.

TI-DS Spotlight: Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16.5

SDG 16.5 sets the target of substantially reducing corruption and bribery in all their forms. As a component of SDG 16, this recognises that addressing corruption is essential for the peace, justice, and strong institutions that are necessary for sustainable development. Tackling the pervasive problem of corruption in the defence and security sectors is crucial to achieving this target. This Spotlight […]

Corruption risk and military operations: a strategic priority to be addressed

Corruption can be a determining factor in the success or failure of a military operation. It can also exacerbate insecurity in the operating environment by inadvertently strengthening corrupt networks. Rather than being treated as a secondary issue by militaries, identifying and countering corruption risks should be treated as a strategic priority. TI-DS_MilitaryOperations_Factsheet_digital0

Réforme du secteur de la sécurité

Lorsque la corruption s’infiltre dans la défense et la sécurité, les conséquences pour la paix et la sécurité sont dévastatrices. Cela peut conduire à l’effondrement de l’état de droit et à une perte de confiance dans les institutions. La corruption prospère dans des environnements ayant de faibles mécanismes de contrôle, un secret excessif et un […]

Anti-corruption in security sector reform: The key to sustainable peace and stability

When corruption infiltrates defence and security, the consequences for peace and stability are devastating. It can lead to the breakdown of the rule of law and a loss of trust in institutions. Corruption thrives in environments with weak control mechanisms, excessive secrecy, and limited civilian democratic oversight. The absence of effective governance provides the ideal […]

Des millions de dollars disparus « Nos auditeurs ont besoin d’autonomie » – des solutions pour mettre fin à la corruption qui alimente l’insécurité au Sahel.

L'impact corrosif de l'abus de pouvoir sur les perspectives de paix et de justice en Afrique de l'Ouest a été illustré lors de notre dernier événement organisé à Peace Con '23. Les intervenants de la région ont déploré une "célébration" de la corruption dans des pays où des millions de dollars destinés à la lutte contre le terrorisme ont disparu, tandis que des soldats ont perdu la vie en raison d'un manque d'équipement. Nos responsables du plaidoyer Ara Marcen Naval et Najla Dowson-Zeidan font le point sur les idées et les recommandations formulées par leurs collègues du Sahel.