Founded in 1993, Global Witness campaigns to end environmental and human rights abuses driven by the exploitation of natural resources and corruption in the global political and economic system. It aims to protect human rights and the environment by confronting corruption and challenging the systems that enable it. It has over 100 staff, and offices in London, Washington DC, and Brussels, along with a global network of partners and allies. Its campaigns encompass oil, gas and mining, conflict resources, forests, land and environmental defenders, and corruption and money laundering.
A 2018 grant from the Cultures of Resistance Network supported Global Witness’s work in Papua New Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Papua New Guina, Global Witness works to halt the destruction of a vulnerable and ancient forest and protect the rights of the communities whose livelihoods depend on it. In the DRC, Global Witness campaigns for responsible management of the country’s forests, diamonds, gold, and other mineral resources. These resources should be managed in the interests of Congo’s people, rather than primarily benefiting the country’s elite, companies, and warring factions.