For 19 years, Global Witness has run pioneering campaigns against natural resource-related conflict and corruption and associated environmental and human rights abuses. From Cambodia to Congo, Sierra Leone to Angola, we have exposed the brutality and injustice that results from the fight to access and control natural resource wealth, and have sought to bring the perpetrators of this corruption and conflict to book.
Our work has revealed how, rather than benefiting a country’s citizens, abundant timber, diamonds, minerals, oil and other natural resources can incentivise corruption, destabilise governments, and lead to war. Through our investigations, advocacy and campaigning, we seek solutions to the ‘resource curse’ so that citizens of resource-rich countries can get a fair share of their country’s wealth.
Today the European Parliament voted through legislation that will force natural resource companies to publish details of the billions in payments they make to governments around the world, such as tax... read more
14.06.2013 | Breakthrough commitment from UK to roll back corporate secrecy; the G8 and offshore havens should follow suitAn unprecedented move by the UK to end secret company ownership could prevent corruption and crime and significantly boost the development prospects of poor countries and cut financial crime, Global W... read more
05.06.2013 | The Economist supports global transparency standardToday The Economist came out in support of the campaign “to end hidden company ownership and to make energy and mining companies disclose more about the payments they make to win concessions.” Gl... read more