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Oil Revenues in Angola: Much More Information But Not Enough Transparency

3rd December 2010
Significant gaps in the data published by the Angolan government about its earnings from the oil industry undermine its attempts to shed a reputation for corruption, says this new study by Global Witness and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa – Angola (OSISA-Angola).

Significant gaps in the data published by the Angolan government about its earnings from the oil industry undermine its attempts to shed a reputation for corruption, says this new study by Global Witness and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa – Angola (OSISA-Angola).

Understanding REDD+: Governance, Enforcement and Safeguards in Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation

2nd December 2010
This briefing from Global Witness explains the complex initiative to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), and demonstrates the importance of good governance, financial transparency, strong enforcement and safeguards to overcome the challenges and risks countries face as they get ‘ready’ for REDD+ implementation.

Deforestation and forest degradation account for more carbon emissions than the entire global transport industry. Hopes for a deal to halt this trend centre on a proposed system to compensate developing countries for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+).

REDD+ is a great opportunity to preserve the world's forests for the future, but it will only work if the design, implementation and priorities are right.

New report reveals luxury market fuelling illegal destruction of Madagascar’s forests

26th October 2010

Consumer demand for expensive rosewood furniture and musical instruments in China and elsewhere is the primary driver of an ecologically devastating trade in illegal timber. This report examines the international export networks involved and shows how this ongoing trade has been facilitated by the complicity of some of Madagascar's state authorities and weak law-enforcement by the country's transitional government.   

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British banks complicit in Nigerian corruption, court documents reveal

11th October 2010
New report: British high street banks have accepted millions of pounds in deposits from corrupt Nigerian politicians, raising serious questions about their commitment to tackling financial crime. Based on court documents, this report shows how Barclays, NatWest, RBS, HSBC and UBS all facilitated Nigerian corruption.

British high street banks have accepted millions of pounds in deposits from corrupt Nigerian politicians, raising serious questions about their commitment to tackling financial crime, warned Global Witness in a report published today. By taking money from corrupt Nigerian governors between 1999 and 2005, Barclays, NatWest, RBS, HSBC and UBS helped to fuel corruption and entrench poverty in Nigeria.

The Bribery Act: what it means for business

27th July 2010
Briefing paper produced by the Chartered Institute of Managment Accountants in collaboration with Global Witness outlining the implications for accountants and businesses worldwide of the new 2010 UK Bribery Act.

Briefing paper produced by the Chartered Institute of Managment Accountants (CIMA) in collaboration with Global Witness outlining the implications for UK accountants and businesses worldwide of the new 2010 Bribery Act.

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Renewing the Pledge: Re-Engaging the Guarantors to the Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement

14th July 2010
With six months until a referendum on Southern independence, Sudan is alarmingly unprepared. Renewing the Pledge is published by a coalition of 26 NGOs, including Global Witness from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the US. The report calls calls for urgent action from African heads of state who will meet shortly at a major summit of the African Union in Uganda from 19 – 27 July.

With six months until a referendum on Southern independence, Sudan is alarmingly unprepared.  Renewing the Pledge is published by a coalition of 26 NGOs, including Global Witness from Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and the US.  The report calls for urgent action from African heads of state who will meet shortly at a major summit of the African Union in Uganda from 19 - 27 July. Ahead of the summit, international Sudan envoys will meet in Khartoum on 17 July.

 

Risky Business: Kazakhstan, Kazakhmys plc and the London Stock Exchange

13th July 2010
Kazakhmys plc, a FTSE 100 company which mines copper in the Central Asian nation of Kazakhstan, failed to declare potentially key information about its shareholders and directors when it listed on the London Stock Exchange, thereby exposing investors to unquantifiable risk. This report raises serious concerns about London's "light-touch" market regulation and argues that it would be in the public interest for companies like Kazakhmys to be required to provide much more information to investors about political risk.

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Do No Harm: A guide for companies sourcing from the DRC

8th July 2010
Rebels, militias and army units have hijacked the trade in mineral ores from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while subjecting the civilian population to massacres, rape, extortion, forced labour and forced recruitment of child soldiers. Congo's ‘conflict minerals' are laundered into the global supply chain by export houses, before being transformed into refined metals by large international smelting firms.

Rebels, militias and army units have hijacked the trade in mineral ores from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), while subjecting the civilian population to massacres, rape, extortion, forced labour and forced recruitment of child soldiers. Congo's ‘conflict minerals' are laundered into the global supply chain by export houses, before being transformed into refined metals by large international smelting firms.

Return of the Blood Diamond: The deadly race to control Zimbabwe's new-found diamond wealth

14th June 2010
Zimbabwe’s Zanu PF political and military elite are seeking to capture the country’s diamond wealth through a combination of state-sponsored violence and the legally questionable introduction of opaque joint-venture companies. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, set up to end the trade in conflict diamonds, has repeatedly failing to react effectively to the crisis.

Zimbabwe’s Zanu PF political and military elite are seeking to capture the country’s diamond wealth through a combination of state-sponsored violence and the legally questionable introduction of opaque joint-venture companies. The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, set up to end the trade in conflict diamonds, has repeatedly failed to react effectively to the crisis.

A near miss? Lessons learnt from the allocation of mining licences in the Gola Forest Reserve in Sierra Leone

25th February 2010
Between 2005 and 2007, two mining licences were issued in the Gola Forest Reserve in Sierra Leone, even though the area was a proposed national park. This new report identifies weaknesses in Sierra Leone's natural resource governance and attempts to draw lessons for the future.

Between 2005 and 2007, two mining licences were issued in the Gola Forest Reserve in Sierra Leone, even though the area was a proposed national park. This new report identifies weaknesses in Sierra Leone's natural resource governance and attempts to draw lessons for the future.

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