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The Open Society Foundations (OSF) has shown its confidence in Global Witness and wants to help build a campaigning organisation that is deep-rooted, long-lasting and even more effective, with a strong infrastructure... read more
"Africa's minerals, precious stones and other commodities should have brought better lives for African people. But for decades these trades have funded and fuelled some of the continent's most brutal wars. More... read more
“The Great Rip Off” shows range of crimes hidden by companies set up in U.S. Owners of anonymous companies registered in U.S. states are ripping off innocent people and businesses across America, says a new report by... read more
[French version available here] The European Union is failing to stifle a deadly trade in conflict minerals, a coalition of rights groups including Global Witness and Amnesty International warned today, weeks before new... read more
In a US$150 million deal announced at today’s UN Climate Summit in New York, the Government of Norway is partnering with the Government of Liberia to halt the destruction of Liberia’s rainforest. [1] The deal foresees... read more
    Global Witness, Re: Common and Dotun Oloko welcome the freezing of funds as part of the continuing investigation into the deal for the OPL 245 oil block in Nigeria. Italian authorities are... read more
“Ebola is winning.” Liberia appeals for urgent help battling the disease that has West Africa under siege Information about how to help is included at the bottom of this page. Liberian campaigners say the... read more
Investigations group Global Witness has lodged a formal complaint with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), following the recertification of the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG), which has been accused of driving a wave of... read more
When an oil company promises to suspend hugely controversial work in Africa’s oldest national park it should be cause for celebration. But the commitment by British oil company Soco to withdraw from Virunga... read more
British oil company Soco International and its contractors have made illicit payments, appear to have paid off armed rebels and benefited from fear and violence fostered by government security forces in eastern Congo,... read more
As African leaders meet Barack Obama, campaigners ask where has the money gone?  As Heads of African governments gather in Washington D.C. for the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit tomorrow, there is a crucial issue... read more
African civil society leaders of the Publish What You Pay coalition send an open letter to Obama on the eve of the U.S. - Africa Leaders’ Summit, calling on the U.S. to end secret payments. read more
According to a Spanish prosecutor’s document, Lionel Messi’s alleged multi-million euro tax evasion scheme (1)relied upon hiding the names of the real owners of companies registered in the UK, Switzerland, Uruguay... read more
The killing on 27th July 2014 of a teenage farmer by a soldier from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is the latest tragedy emerging out of Cambodia’s land grabbing crisis. 19 year old Try Chamroeun was reportedly shot... read more
The killing on 27th July 2014 of a teenage farmer by a soldier from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces is the latest tragedy emerging out of Cambodia’s land grabbing crisis. 19 year old Try Chamroeun was reportedly shot... read more
Source: Publish What You Pay Date: 18 Jul 2014 Publish What You Pay condemns the arrest of Ali Idrissa, ROTAB and PWYP Niger coordinator, taken from his home by Nigerien police at 04:00 am this morning. The arrest... read more
Today it was reported that Italian financial police raided the headquarters of the oil company ENI, Italy’s largest company. The raid is part of a fresh investigation into the Italian oil giant's role in acquiring... read more
   First survey of company ownership in Myanmar reveals widespread secrecy in oil and gas sector Click here to view infographic showing scale of problem The majority of companies recently awarded oil and... read more
The UK-listed company, Equatorial Palm Oil (EPO), which is threatening to seize land owned by Liberians in defiance of commitments by Liberia’s President, will today receive a visit from affected communities. Members of... read more
Soco’s announcement indicating a pull-out from an iconic African park leaves too much wiggle-room Spirit of statement immediately undermined by Deputy CEO’s comments in the Times Soco must fully answer serious... read more
Civil Society Experts Call on Delaware to Create Public Registry of Beneficial Ownership Information WASHINGTON, DC – Global Financial Integrity (GFI) and Global Witness expressed disappointment that the Delaware House... read more
Campaigners demand explanation from Crown Prosecution Service The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has failed to prevent more than US$110 million from a corrupt Nigerian oil deal leaving the UK, even though it had powers... read more
简体中文 Read the briefing, South Sudan: the call for a moratorium on new oil contracts, click here. The government of South Sudan must immediately issue a moratorium on all new contracts in its oil industry, warns Global... read more
The Queen is expected to use today’s speech to outline ground-breaking reforms which will force companies to declare who really owns and controls them, in a move strongly welcomed by Global Witness. The campaign group... read more
Across the globe the trade in diamonds and coloured stones is associated with conflict and human rights abuse. Concerns about these issues in countries such as Afghanistan and Zimbabwe demonstrate that existing... read more
Glencore, the world’s largest commodities trader, enriched a friend of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s president by tens of millions of dollars and protected his interests as it gained control of one of Africa’s... read more
A government committee in Guinea today recommended stripping diamond billionaire Beny Steinmetz of one of the world’s biggest iron ore concessions on evidence his company bribed the president’s wife. In a new report on... read more
1. What’s an anonymous company? 2. What’s a secrecy jurisdiction? 3. How much of a problem are anonymous companies? 4. How do anonymous companies hurt the world’s poorest people? 5. What’s a beneficial owner? 6. Aren’t... read more
South East Asia has experienced a rapid growth in the production of natural rubber over the past decade. With demand set to outstrip supply by around 10 per cent by 2020, the industry is expanding to new territories, as... read more
Click here to read the report. Global Witness and Integrity Watch Afghanistan today called on the Afghan government – and candidates in the country’s Presidential election – to commit to stronger protections against... read more
Version française ici According to a former partner at Ernst & Young, the global accountancy firm turned a blind eye when a report of major audit failures at Dubai’s biggest gold refinery went unpublished. A Global... read more
A coalition of 29 Afghan and international civil society organisations wrote to Afghan President Hamid Karzai to urge him to use his influence to strengthen the draft mining law then before the lower house of the Afghan... read more
简体中文 The last two decades have seen China’s rapid emergence as a global leader within the international timber trade – as an importer, manufacturer, consumer and exporter of a wide range of wood products, as well as an... read more
Lire en français The Democratic Republic of Congo has struck a deal to buy back oil rights from a secretive offshore company for a sum likely to be hundreds of times the price the company paid several years earlier,... read more
Liberia is home to globally significant forests and most of its people depend on them for their livelihoods. But the restarting of large-scale timber extraction in the country has proven disastrous for local people, the... read more
Click here to read in English. Пресс-релиз на русском. Araşdırma nəticəsində əldə olunan faktlar Mədən Sənayesində Şəffaflıq Təşəbbüsünə olan etimadı azaldır Global Witness tərəfindən bu gün dərc olunmuş “Anonim... read more
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Click here to read the press release. The international Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) was set up to give citizens of resource-rich countries information about how much their governments were... read more
Read the press release here. Afghanistan is endowed with minerals that could be worth a trillion dollars. Both the Afghan government and their international partners understandably hope these resources will fuel... read more
Kofi Annan, Chair of the Africa Progress Panel, gave a speech at the Graduate Institute in Geneva last week, which highlighted the benefits of mandatory transparency rules for the hundreds of billions of dollars that... read more
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简体中文  Published in: China Dialogue Author: Mike Davis, Senior Advisor, Global Witness Refusal to use illegal timber will benefit Chinese companies and boost China’s environmental reputation The world’s tropical... read more
At this year’s annual Ted Global Conference in Edinburgh, Global Witness’s co-founding director Charmian Gooch gave a talk about the drivers of corruption, and what we can do about them.  Talking about some of the... read more
Global Witness is embarking on an ambitious project aimed at overhauling and vastly improving the way in which we use digital tools (including social media and other multi-media materials) to gain impact across our... read more
By Porter McConnell - Manager of the Financial Transparency Coalition. When the Task Force on Financial Integrity and Economic Development was created in 2009, only a handful of experts were following the issue of... read more
Diarmid O'Sullivan, Open Society Foundation research fellow and ex-Global Witness campaigner has released a report today on how transparency helps identify problems in the governance of natural resources, as well... read more
Britain‘s G8 presidency a chance to reframe the poverty debate It’s always encouraging to see our leaders pushing the right line for a change. Outlining his agenda for the G8 at the World Economic Forum in Davos... read more
One story that will be sure to develop in 2013 is the controversy around ENRC’s activities in Congo. For the background for this, a good place to start is the Global Witness statement of 23 December: “ENRC shareholders... read more
Rosie Sharpe, Senior campaigner, Global Witness Investigations carried out by the Guardian, ICIJ and the BBC's Panorama programme into the ease with which anonymous shell companies can be used to move dirty money... read more
Originally posted on the Taskforce on Financial Integrity’s website here. By Rosie Sharp Rosie Sharp is a Senior Campaigner for Global Witness, a member of the Task Force Coordinating Committee. You’re a criminal and... read more
Shell companies Launderers Anonymous A study highlights how easy it is to set up untraceable companies Sep 22nd 2012 | NEW YORK | from The Economist SHELL companies—which exist on paper only, with no real... read more
This post first appeared on Freedom House's Freedom at Issue blog.      Corrupt dictators who take bribes and loot their treasuries are rightly condemned by governments and other observers in developed... read more
By Michael Kelley | Business Insider – Fri, Sep 7, 2012 12:56 PM EDT Robert Mazur, the  U.S. Customs special agent who led one of the most successful undercover operations  in U.S. law enforcement... read more
By Tom Picken - read this blog on Reuters Trustlaw International efforts to protect forests and the people that live in them have failed so badly that just 20 per cent of forest remains untouched by commercial activity... read more
Two days before Sudan splits in two, negotiating teams have failed to agree how to divide the oil critical to the economies of north and south, as aid agencies warn the country is closest to war since a 2005 peace deal... read more
British firms have acquired more land in Africa for controversial biofuel plantations than companies from any other country, write Damian Carrington and Stefano Valentino. read more
From the Middle East to Madagascar, high prices are spawning land grabs and ousting dictators, writes Lester Brown. read more
An international financial crime watchdog has been urged not to relax its stance on monitoring political officials in the light of the desperate scramble to freeze the assets of deposed leaders in the Middle East and... read more
If you express concerns about the negative consequences that over-dependence on aid can have for development, as I did in Mali recently, a common response is that there is no alternative. How else can vital services and... read more
European governments need to force businesses to be transparent if Africa's poor are to benefit from oil's riches, says the Guardian's Economics Editor Larry Elliot in the wake of George Osborne's commitment to support... read more
William Hague 'lobbied strongly' for oil companies run by Tory donors, according to the Telegraph. read more
Time Magazine's Ecocentric Blog: Forests vs. Food? read more
The Christian Science Monitor: As Ivory Coast's Gbagbo holds firm, 'blood diamonds' flow for export read more
The US-sponsored plot to kill Patrice Lumumba, the hero of Congolese independence, took place 50 years ago today, says the Guardian's Poverty Matters blog. read more
Nicholas Christof's blog on New York Times - Notes From a Young American in Congo: A Good Man… read more
As we are forced to change the way we think about energy, the energy consumer is caught between need and the increasing risks involved in securing traditional energy sources. The links between energy provision and... read more
A global standard on sharing information is at the heart of democratising aid – for donors and for recipients, says Owen Barder on the Guardian's Global Development Blog. read more
Countries thirst for oil, compete for minerals and confront climate change, says Tom Shanker of the New York Times. The American military, with surprising allies, worries that these issues represent a new source of... read more
Southern Sudan looks set to vote for independence – but lingering questions over the future of Abyei are worrying, asks the Guardian's Peter Moszyinski. Read here. read more
Sudan said on Monday it had halted landlocked South Sudan's oil exports until the two agree on a transit fee, stepping up a row between the former civil war foes over how to untangle their once-integrated oil industries... read more
Sudan said on Monday it had halted landlocked South Sudan's oil exports until the two agree on a transit fee, stepping up a row between the former civil war foes over how to untangle their once-integrated oil industries... read more
Back in 2009 it was heralded as a potential model for reducing rates of deforestation and REDD+ but Nowary's deal with Guyana appears to have made little progress, writes Girish Gupta. read more
This op-ed appeared in the International Herald Tribune The Stolen Money Trail By Anthea Lawson Earlier this month, Swiss bank regulators found that four Swiss banks had not done enough to identify dictators’ assets... read more
A suspected Sudanese air strike on a refugee camp in South Sudan will not trigger a return to war but belligerent posturing on both sides will complicate and slow talks over oil transit fees and other sensitive disputes... read more
For centuries, wave after wave of colonists and foreign investors have swept through Africa, looking for profits from the continent’s abundant reserves of oil and prized minerals, write Beth Morrissey, Himanshu... read more
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) mineral market has vast potential, and if properly regulated, could be the catalyst for the country’s development while offering solid returns for international investors.... read more
With Colonel Muammar Gaddafi all but gone, Libya's prospects can be summed up in one word: oil, says Vivienne Walt in TIME Magazine. Far different from the revolutions in Tunisia or Egypt, or the rebellions in Yemen... read more
Human rights organisations are calling on donor governments to reassess their aid programmes to Cambodia if the country passes a law that can be used to muzzle local and foreign NGOs, writes the Guardian's Marc Tran. read more
Beyond the immediate priority of securing control of the LIA assets frozen as a result of international sanctions, the challenge confronting Libya’s new leadership is how to reform an institution that, if it survives in... read more
The 40-nation Libya contact group is meeting with the Interim National Transitional Council to decide how best to support the rebels against Muammar Gaddafi's forces. Global Witness's Brendan O'Donnell argues on Comment... read more
As its independence draws near, South Sudan has yet to agree how to divide oil revenues with its northern neighbor, which has the infrastructure to export the oil the south needs to sell to survive - read here. read more
Heavy fighting along the border between north and south Sudan has displaced tens of thousands of people and further complicated next month's planned southern independence, jeopardizing billions of dollars in oil revenue... read more