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Action against corruption

A few principles...

Fighting corruption begins at home.
Transparency is key.
Anti-corruption Conventions are useless without prosecutions.
Naming and shaming wrongdoers is a powerful deterrent.
Confidentiality and libel threats are often used to hide abuse.
Whistleblowers must have legal protection from retaliation.
Banks must return ‘dirty money’ to the countries from which it has been stolen.
Aid must be transparent so that it can be monitored by those for whom it is intended.
Corporations must be made more accountable.
Governments that turn a blind eye to corruption are complicit in corruption.

Finding out more....

*Transparency International*
First port of call, with excellent international resources and publications including annual reports, surveys on global corruption, newsletters.

*The Corner House
Thorough and cutting-edge research papers and reports on corruption and a range of ethical, environmental and global justice issues.

*Multinational Monitor
First class international magazine dealing with issues relating to corporate power.

Getting involved...

There are thousands of groups fighting corruption around the world – especially in the global South. But we focus here on international organizations and those in countries with large numbers of _New Internationalist_ subscribers:


*Transparency International*
Leading international coalition of organizations fighting corruption. Has over 100 national chapters.
web: www.tranparency.org
tel: (International secretariat) +49 30 34 38 20 0
email: [email protected]
Smaller organization created by TI co-founder Jeremy Pope in 2003.
web: www.tiri.org
email: [email protected]
tel: + 44 (0) 20 7022 1905
*Open Society Institute*
web: www.soros.org/about
A global unions anti-corruption network which mobilizes workers to share information and coordinate action to combat international bribery; collects evidence and publishes research.
web: www.againstcorruption.org
email: [email protected]
*Global Witness*
Highlights the link between the exploitation of natural resources and human rights abuses, particularly where resources are used to fund and perpetuate conflict and corruption.
web: www.globalwitness.org
email: [email protected]
tel: (head office) +44 (0)20 7272 6731
*Tax Justice Network*
A non-aligned coalition of researchers and activists with a shared concern about the harmful impacts of tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens.
web: www.taxjustice.net
email: [email protected]
*Reporters Without Borders*
Upholds press freedom and defends journalists persecuted for doing their job.
web: www.rsf.org


*Transparency International New Zealand*
web: www.transparency.org
email: [email protected]
tel: +64 4 496 9625 *Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA)*
web: www.cafca.org.nz
email: [email protected] *Action Research Education Network of Aotearoa (ARENA)*
web: www.arena.org.nz
email: [email protected]
tel: + 64 3 366 2803


*Transparency International Australia*
web: www.tranparency.org.au
email: [email protected]
tel/fax: +61 29389 5930 *www.whistleblowing.com.au*
Website dedicated to all the honest police and brave members of the public who are prepared to speak about police corruption and mismanagement. *EthicsWorld.org*
A forum for news, research and analysis on the related fields of corruption, corporate governance, corporate social responsibility and workplace ethics.
web: www.ethicsworld.org


*Transparency International UK*
web: www.transparency.org
email: [email protected]
tel: +44 20 7785 6356 *The Corner House*
Research and campaigning group that had the chutzpah to take the British Government to court – and win.
web: www.thecornerhouse.org.uk
email: [email protected]
tel: +44 (0)1258 473795 *Public Concern at Work*
Whistleblower support group that supports local and open whistleblowing.
web: www.pcaw.co.uk
tel: +44 (0)20 7404 6609 *Campaign Against the Arms Trade*
web: www.caat.org.uk
tel: +44 (0)20 72810297.
email: [email protected] *World Development Movement*
web: www.wdm.org.uk
tel: +44 020 7820 4900
email: [email protected] *Corporate Watch*
Research group which undertakes research on the social and environmental impact of large corporations.
web: www.corporatewatch.org.uk
tel: +44 (0)1865 791 391


*Transparency International Canada*
web: www.tranparency.org
email: [email protected]
tel: +1 416 488 3939 *FAIR (Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform)*
Promotes integrity and accountability within government by empowering employees to speak out without fear of reprisal when they encounter wrongdoing.
web: www.fairwhistleblower.ca
tel: +1 613-569-4814 *Democracy Watch*
Canada’s leading citizen group advocating democratic reform, government accountability and corporate responsibility.
web: www.dwatch.ca
email: [email protected]
tel: +1 613-241-5179 *Probe International*
Exposes the affect of Canada’s aid and trade abroad.
web: www.probeinternational.org
tel: +1 416 964 9223


*Transparency International Ireland*
web: www.transparency.org
email: [email protected]
tel: +353 1 896 3705


*Transparency International USA*
web: www.transparency-usa.org
email: [email protected]
tel: +1 202- 89 1616 *Government Accountability Project*
Whistleblower support network
web: www.whistleblower.org
tel: (national office) +1 202 408 0034
tel: (West Coast office) +1 206 292 2850 *Corpwatch*
Investigates and exposes corporate violations of human rights, environmental crimes, fraud and corruption around the world.
web: www.corpwatch.org
tel: +1 510-271-8080

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