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Hidden Costs: US private military and security companies and the risks of corruption and conflict

Our latest research catalogues conflict and corruption around the word – harm caused by leaving the privatisation of national security to grow and operate without proper regulation. The paper documents dozens of cases. The Saudi operatives responsible for the savage murder of the Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi received combat training from a US security […]

GDI 2020 Global Report: Disruption, Democratic Governance, and Corruption Risk in Defence Institutions

The Government Defence Integrity Index (GDI) measures institutional resilience to corruption in the defence sector by focusing on both policymaking and public sector governance in national defence establishments. It is the first global analysis of institutional and informal controls to manage the risk of corruption in defence and security institutions. It measures resilience in five broad […]

Defence Companies Index on Anti-Corruption and Corporate Transparency 2020: Key Findings

The Defence Companies Index on Anti-Corruption and Corporate Transparency (DCI) assesses the level of commitment to transparency and anti-corruption standards in 134 of the world’s largest defence companies across 38 countries. Data from the DCI 2020 reveals that although most of the world’s largest defence companies have publicly available ethics and anti-corruption programmes in place, […]

TI-DS Factsheet: Access to Information

The perception of transparency in defence needs to change. Currently, secrecy is often the norm and transparency is the exception. Instead, transparency should be the norm and secrecy the exception. Despite robust and widely agreed international and national anti-corruption and freedom of information legislation that governs public sectors, the defence sector remains secretive and lacking […]

Strategy 2021-2023

Transparency International Defence & Security (TI-DS) is part of the Transparency International movement. It acts as a sector specific centre of defence and security anti-corruption expertise for the entire Transparency International movement. TI-DS is hosted by Transparency International UK, has programme representatives in key regions and works with a range of TI chapters across the […]

Defence Industry Influence on European Policy Agendas: Findings from Germany and Italy

The risks and impacts of inappropriate influence in the policy-making process, in which individuals or organisations try to persuade in favour of, or force their own agenda, are particularly significant in the defence and security sector. In this context, high levels of secrecy and complexity, combined with close relations between government, private experts, and the […]

Defence industry influence in Italy: Analysing defence industry influence on the Italian policy agenda

This report examines systemic vulnerabilities and influence pathways through which the Italian defence industry may exert undue influence on the national defence and security agenda. Compiled by Transparency International Defence and Security with the support of the Italian Coalition for Civil Liberties and Rights (CILD) and Osservatorio Mil€x, this report forms a case study as […]

Analisi dell’influenza dell’industria della difesa sull’agenda politica italiana

Questo rapporto esamina le vulnerabilità sistemiche e i possibili percorsi attraverso i quali l’industria italiana della difesa può esercitare un’influenza indebita sull’agenda politica nazionale in materia di difesa e sicurezza. I governi e l’industria dovrebbero mitigare il rischio di influenza indebita, rafforzando l’integrità delle istituzioni e dei processi politici e migliorando il controllo e la […]

Le Dénominateur Commum: Dans quelle mesure la corruption au sein du secteur de la sécurité alimente-t-elle l’insécurité en Afrique de l’Ouest?

La corruption dans le secteur de la sécurité a un impact néfaste à la fois sur le secteur de la sécurité lui-même et sur la paix et la sécurité au sens plus large, en alimentant conflits et instabilité. Des études quantitatives ont mis en évidence la correlation entre corruption et instabilité étatique. Les états dominés […]

L’Elément Manquant: lutter contre la corruption au travers des processus de réforme du secteur de la sécurité en Afrique de l’Ouest

Pendant des décennies, la stabilité en Afrique de l’Ouest a été grandement perturbée par les conflits internes, souvent financés par la vente illégale d’armes ou l’extraction illicite de ressources naturelles. Que ce soit au Liberia, en Sierra Leone et en Côte d’Ivoire ou au Mali, au Burkina Faso et au Nigeria, la corruption a souvent […]

The Common Denominator: How Corruption in the Security Sector Fuels Insecurity in West Africa

This policy brief explains how corruption in the security sector has a detrimental impact both on the security apparatus itself and on wider peace and security, by fuelling tensions and adding to conflict and instability. Quantitative studies have underscored how corruption and state instability are correlated, with states dominated by narrow patronage-based systems more susceptible […]

The Missing Element: Addressing Corruption through Security Sector Reform in West Africa

This report argues that strengthening accountability and governance of groups including the armed forces, law enforcement and intelligence services – not just providing training and new equipment - is a crucial but often neglected component to successful security sector reform in West Africa.