Global Witness

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Global Witness campaigns to achieve real change by challenging established thinking on seemingly intractable global issues. Global Witness works to highlight the links between the exploitation of the natural resources and human rights abuses, particularly where the resources such as timber, diamonds and oil are used to fund conflict.[1]

"Global Witness was not just the first organisation that sought to break the links between the exploitation of natural resources, and conflict and corruption. We gave birth to the concept, and have remained its leading practitioner. Established in 1993 by the three founding directors working from the front rooms of their homes, Global Witness now numbers over forty staff divided between its offices in London and Washington DC, and has built a truly impressive track record of success." [1]

Writing in 2007, Rick Hines and Keith Harmon Snow provide a useful critique of Global Witness's work. [2]


Accessed October 2008: [3]

Trustees of the Global Witness Trust

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In 2005, they also received funding from the NED for their work to "advocate for good governance of natural resource management in Liberia. Global Witness will work with its Liberian partners to prepare for the upcoming elections by disseminating press releases, articles, and targeted advocacy materials which promote transparent natural resource management." [2]

Contact details

London head office:
6th Floor, Buchanan House
30 Holborn
London, EC1N 2HS
Phone: +44 (0)207 4925820
Fax: +44 (0)207 4925821
Email: mail AT

US office:
529 14th Street NW
Suite 1085
Washington, DC 20045
Phone: +1 202-621 6665

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Website, Global Witness, accessed November 2010.
  2. Rick Hines and Keith Harmon Snow, "Blood Diamond: Doublethink and Deception over those Worthless Rocks of Desire", Global Research, July 29, 2007.
  3. 2006 Annual Report, Global Witness, accessed October 6, 2008.

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