Global Witness
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Purpose: Exposing corruption and environmental abuse.

We know that sustainable and transparent use of natural resources can help to fund the development needs of many of the poorest people on earth. Yet millions of people living in resource-rich countries are trapped in lives of poverty and violence.

For two decades we've been campaigning for full transparency in the mining, logging, oil and gas sectors, so that citizens who own those resources can benefit fairly from them, now and in future.

We believe that the only way to protect peoples' rights to land, livelihoods and a fair share of their national wealth is to demand total transparency in the resources sector, sustainable and equitable resources management, and stopping the international financial system from propping up resource-related corruption.

The Global Witness team draws on a wide range of skills, from undercover investigations and painstaking financial research, to information gathering on the ground and close cooperation with partners and activists all over the world.

We use many techniques to gather evidence including interviews, secret filming, photography, document research and often just dogged physical presence # our investigators sometime spend days counting logging trucks across borders and through checkpoints to monitor illegal timber trades.

But exposure is not enough: our goal has always been to achieve system-wide change that will starve corrupt dictators and warlords of looted funds, stop brutal resource-driven conflicts, and protect the planet's natural assets for the benefit of all.

Geographic Scope: International

Structure: Non-Profit

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