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Government defence anti-corruption index 2013: Middle East and North Africa report

Government defence anti-corruption index 2013: Middle East and North Africa report

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Report from Transparency International UK (United Kingdom, February 2013).
Report from Transparency International UK (United Kingdom, February 2013).

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Published by: Open Briefing on Feb 28, 2013
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Middle East andNorth Arica Reort
This Goernment Deence Anti-Corrution Index is the rst eerreiew o corrution risk andcorrution ulnerability in DeenceMinistries and Armed Forces.It oers goernments, armedorces, ciil society organisations,and citizens detailed knowledgeand understanding o thecorrution risks in their nationaldeence and securityestablishments.Armed with this knowledgethey can ress or changeand imroement.
Since the Arab spring began in 2010,corruption and security have been at theheart o public debate and struggle in theMiddle East and North Arica (MENA).Demands or accountable governmentsthat protect and serve their citizens, ratherthan themselves, have arisen throughoutthe region.Deence and security orces that aretrusted by the population are a centralrequirement o any government. ButDeence Ministries can be secretive andimpenetrable establishments, especiallywhen corruption is being discussed.Entrenched networks o corrupt deenceand security ocials can act as spoilers toobstruct the path to accountable, responsivegovernment and economic growth. Wherecountries are in confict, corruption canprolong ghting and prevent sustainablepeace. Bringing transparency to closed anduncooperative national deence systems isimportant: this detailed research can helpinitiate a public dialogue or positive change.More positively, in our work with DeenceMinistries since 2004, we have learnt thatthe secretive image o deence can oten bemisleading. We have ound that seniordeence ocials, senior ocers andministers in many countries are well awareo the corruption risks in deence, and arekeen to take action to address the issue.This is a very positive shit in mind-set.It leads Deence Ministries to take the rststep in ghting corruption by carrying outanalysis o the corruption risks aced bytheir Ministry and Armed Forces. From thisthey can develop their own plan to addressand minimise such risks.This Index is an entirely new tool.It provides a benchmark or comparingnations in the MENA region and worldwide.The underlying country analyses are highlydetailed and orm an evidence base orocused action. We expect this analysis tostimulate dialogue and hope that it will leadto improvement in the transparency andaccountability o deence orces in theMENA region. We welcome eedback romgovernments on their national assessmentsto help us deepen our understanding, andinitiate a dialogue with us on reorm.Mark PymanDirectorDeence and Security ProgrammeTransparency International UK February 6th, 2013Foreword

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