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Building Integrity and Reducing Corruption in the Defence Sector

Since 2007, DCAF has cooperated with the NATO PfP Team and Transparency International UK's Defence Against Corruption Programme ( see www.ti-defence.org )  on "Building Integrity and Reducing Corruption in the Defence Sector". The project led to the publication of an Integrity Building Handbook in early 2010. This handy document became available in Russian and Ukrainian in 2011 and was republished in English due to the high demand. A translation into Arabic will be published in 2012, with further translations planned. All DCAF contributions to the Building Integrity effort are made possible by financial support from the Swiss Ministry of Defence.

As part of the Handbook's development process, in May 2008, DCAF, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Transparency International co-organised a workshop on Building Transparency and Reducing Corruption Related to Defence Establishments. The event brought together institutional and inter-governmental practitioners to share experience and identify areas of cooperation on transparency and corruption issues, and emphasised the need to develop training and education tools on the subject.

The handbook is designed as a practical resource for training and helps identify corruption risks and vulnerabilities in Defence and the roles of various actors, including parliaments, governments, ombudsman institutions, the media and the defence industry, in fighting corruption and improving transparency in Defence.