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Congo's mineral trade in the balance: opportunities and obstacles to demilitarisation

18th May 2011
Shifts in the control of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) mines have created opportunities to begin breaking the links between the mineral trade and the conflict that has plagued civilians for over a decade. This report uses recent field research by Global Witness to highlight some significant changes and outline what the key players must do to capitalise on them. It says that while much of eastern Congo’s mineral trade remains under armed control, the departure of armed groups from Bisie - the region’s largest tin mine - is a promising development.

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$6bn Congo-China resource deal: urgent need for tighter anti-corruption measures

8th March 2011
The huge potential of a multibillion-dollar deal between the Democratic Republic of Congo and China risks being undermined because the agreement is opaque and key terms are ill-defined says Global Witness in China and Congo: Friends in Need.

The huge potential of a multibillion-dollar deal between the Democratic Republic of Congo and China risks being undermined because the agreement is opaque and key terms are ill-defined says Global Witness in China and Congo: Friends in Need.

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Simply Criminal: Targeting Rogue Business in Violent Conflict

10th January 2011
This briefing paper shows how the prosecutions of rogue businesses operating in situations of widespread violence can be made easier.

This briefing paper shows how the prosecutions of rogue businesses operating in situations of widespread violence can be made easier.

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Crude Calculations: The Continued Lack of Transparency over Oil in Sudan

6th January 2011
Persistent calls for clear and transparent information on Sudan’s oil revenues have yet to yield satisfactory information, says a new report published by Global Witness today. With a referendum on independence for southern Sudan just days away, oil sector transparency is now more important than ever to preserving the fragile peace between north and south.

Persistent calls for clear and transparent information on Sudan’s oil revenues have yet to yield satisfactory information, says a new report published by Global Witness today. With a referendum on independence for southern Sudan just days away, oil sector transparency is now more important than ever to preserving the fragile peace between north and south.

The Hill Belongs to Them: the need for international action on Congo's conflict minerals trade

14th December 2010
In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), rebel groups and senior commanders of the national army are fighting over and illegally profiting from the country’s minerals sector. These groups, responsible for mass rape and murder, enrich themselves through international trade. This report, based on recent findings of the UN Group of Experts and Global Witness’s research over the past year, discusses this crisis. It looks at the measures that are needed to end the “conflict minerals” trade – and to ensure that eastern Congo’s mines help rather than hinder development.

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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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