Global Witness's Charmian Gooch at TED Global 2013
At this year’s annual Ted Global Conference in Edinburgh, Global Witness’s co-founding director Charmian Gooch gave a talk about the drivers of corruption, and what we can do about them.
Ensuring a balanced and informed debate on conflict minerals: Global Witness’s response to Tim Worstall’s 23rd September piece on Forbes.com
Last week, Forbes.com published a piece by Tim Worstall in which he argued against the introduction of legally binding measures in the EU to tackle conflict minerals. The piece, titled ‘Global Witness’ Latest Silly Suggestion on Conflict Minerals’ argued for a voluntary industry-led scheme and suggested that the cost to business of implementing legally binding measures will be too onerous.
Kofi Annan calls on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to maintain high revenue transparency standards
Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, gave a speech at the Graduate Institute in Geneva last week, which highlighted the benefits of mandatory transparency rules for the hundreds of billions of dollars that oil, gas and mining companies pay to governments in resource-dependent countries each year, in the form of taxes, royalties, licence fees and other kinds of revenue payments.
Referring to the U.S. Dodd-Frank Act (Section 1504) and a legal challenge brought against it by an oil industry group, Annan stated that:
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Could China lead the race to save tropical forests?
Published in: China Dialogue
Author: Mike Davis, Senior Advisor, Global Witness
Refusal to use illegal timber will benefit Chinese companies and boost China’s environmental reputation
Global Witness Website & Digital Relaunch - Request for Proposals
Global Witness is embarking on an ambitious project aimed at overhauling and vastly improving the way in which we use digital tools (including social media and other multi-media materials) to gain impact across our campaigns. As a key part of this process, we want to redevelop and re-launch our website.
It is anticipated that the new website will provide a greatly improved user experience for all our stakeholders. Its technological capabilities will be aligned to our campaigning work, and it will effectively integrate multimedia/social media functionality.
Announcing the Financial Transparency Coalition
By Porter McConnell - Manager of the Financial Transparency Coalition.
When the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development was created in 2009, only a handful of experts were following the issue of illicit financial flows. The subject was decipherable only to finance professionals taking advantage of tax havens, and a handful of civil society groups and finance journalists. Meanwhile, each year nearly a trillion dollars was being secreted out of developing countries, robbing them of revenue needed to build better lives for their citizens.
New report highlights benefits of transparency, challenges of translating it into accountability and the scope of EITI
Diarmid O'Sullivan, Open Society Foundation research fellow and ex-Global Witness campaigner has released a report today on how transparency helps identify problems in the governance of natural resources, as well as the challenges in ensuring that this transparency leads to accountibility. The report discusses the role the EITI should play in enabling citizens to use data about payments made by companies to governments to 'follow the money'.
We could end poverty if … David Cameron is right?
Britain‘s G8 presidency a chance to reframe the poverty debate
It’s always encouraging to see our leaders pushing the right line for a change. Outlining his agenda for the G8 at the World Economic Forum in Davos recently, the British Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated a new agenda for tackling poverty, underscored by a drive for greater transparency and accountability in the global economy. If these commitments are acted upon, we could see lasting improvements to the lives of the world’s poorest people.
Latest coverage on controversial ENRC activities & $550 million Congo deal
One story that will be sure to develop in 2013 is the controversy around ENRC’s activities in Congo. For the background for this, a good place to start is the Global Witness statement of 23 December: “ENRC shareholders should reject $550 million deal.”