Missing a trick? Making Natural Resources Work for Development

Missing a trick? Making Natural Resources Work for Development

This blog was originally posted on the Huffington Post Next week, over 1000 government officials, aid donors, NGO reps, and private businesses will descend on Mexico City for the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC). It’s basically a big get-together to discuss how well our aid money is being spent,(…)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inconvenient truth

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s inconvenient truth

If you went down to the woods today (or rather, tropical forest) you would be in for a very big surprise. As Global Witness revealed last week, high profile actor, former Governor of California and environmentalist Arnold Schwarzenegger is profiting from investments in companies engaged in tropical deforestation. We took a light-hearted approach to highlight(…)

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Is Liberia tired of NGOs?

Is Liberia tired of NGOs?

Ten years after Liberia’s civil war, the government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is held up as an example of how reformist leadership can bring peace and democracy to a devastated country. However, recent persecution of civil society groups in Liberia, capped by troubling statements by the President, suggests that the country’s government no longer(…)

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Questions remain for Kazakhmys plc over ownership of poisonous smelter

Questions remain for Kazakhmys plc over ownership of poisonous smelter

Do investors in publicly-listed British oil, gas and mining companies really have enough information about what they get up to? This was the question posed in‘Kazakhstan: A Poisoned Legacy’, a new documentary that aired recently on Al Jazeera English. It goes to the heart of Global Witness’ campaigning on corporate transparency.  The documentary raised disturbing questions about(…)

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