Beyond the Pledge: International Engagement After Sudan’s Comprehensive Peace Agreement
With only days before South Sudan is due to secede on 9 July, Sudan is the closest to war that it has been since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between North and South Sudan in January 2005, said a global coalition of NGOs.
Congo's mineral trade in the balance: opportunities and obstacles to demilitarisation
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$6bn Congo-China resource deal: urgent need for tighter anti-corruption measures
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.
Simply Criminal: Targeting Rogue Business in Violent Conflict
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
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
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Oil Revenues in Angola: Much More Information But Not Enough Transparency
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
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
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.
British banks complicit in Nigerian corruption, court documents reveal
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.
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