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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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Lessons UNlearned: How the UN and Member States must do more to end resource-fuelled conflict

27th January 2010
Drawing on Global Witness’ experience in Angola, Cambodia, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan, this report aims to promote understanding of, and a strategy for dealing with, the problem of natural resource wealth incentivising, financing, and preventing resolution of conflicts.

Drawing on Global Witness’ experience in Angola, Cambodia, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sudan, this report aims to promote understanding of, and a strategy for dealing with, the problem of natural resource wealth incentivising, financing, and preventing resolution of conflicts.

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Read letter in response from UN Special Representative, Alan Doss

 

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Building Confidence in REDD - Monitoring Beyond Carbon

4th December 2009
This report is intended to inform the development of a monitoring system for REDD that goes beyond the measurement, reporting and verification of emissions reductions and carbon stored in forests (C-MRV). It identifies governance challenges and the risks presented to investment by weak governance and extensive illegality in REDD countries, and provides the rationale for a broad-based robust monitoring system.

This report is intended to inform the development of a monitoring system for REDD that goes beyond the measurement, reporting and verification of emissions reductions and carbon stored in forests (C-MRV). It identifies governance challenges and the risks presented to investment by weak governance and extensive illegality in REDD countries, and provides the rationale for a broad-based robust monitoring system.

A Decade of Experience - Lessons Learned from Independent Forest Monitoring to Inform REDD

4th December 2009
The evidence base for the proposal on the independent monitoring of REDD.

Independent Forest Monitoring (IFM) has been developed over the last decade to monitor logging, legal compliance and forest law enforcement. Through the provision of publicly accessible, objective information on the control of activities in the forest sector, IFM addresses governance and transparency and supports forest law enforcement. IFM is, in effect, a form of systems or governance monitoring. This report presents a detailed review and analysis of lessons learned from implementing IFM in practice.

Field investigation into illegal logging in Madagascar

26th November 2009
A dramatic increase in the felling and cutting of rosewood has occurred in the SAVA Region of north-east Madagascar in 2009. A joint investigation by Global Witness and the Environmental Investigation Agency found serious failings on the part of members of the Forest Administration, the national police and other Malagasy authorities.

Important note: we have revised some of the figures in this report since it was first published. An explanation of the corrections can be read here.

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The Secret Life of a Shopaholic: How an African dictator's playboy son went on a multi-million dollar shopping spree in the U.S.

17th November 2009
This new report from Global Witness was written with the help of investigative journalist Ken Silverstein.

This new report from Global Witness was written with the help of investigative journalist Ken Silverstein.

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