The Corruption Tracker (“Tracker”, “CT”) is a collaborative project established in 2020 between the World Peace Foundation (“WPF”, Boston, M.A.), Shadow World Investigations (“SWI”, London, UK), and the Global Net Stop the Arms Trade (“GN-STAT”) at the Arms Information Centre (Freiburg, Germany). The tracker’s initial set of cases builds on the work of SWI and data collected by the WPF’s Compendium on Arms Trade and Corruption, developed by Sam Perlo-Freeman and Xiaodon Liang.
The Corruption Tracker Project is youth and women-led. It brings together a network of journalists, academics, and activists in the field, who contribute to an online database documenting the cases and allegations.
Cases are published on the site as they are completed, and include information on buyers and sellers, the equipment and sums of money involved, and the timeline of corruption allegations, investigations and prosecutions, where these have taken place. The aim of the database is both to highlight the prevalence of corruption in the global arms business, and to illustrate the particular features of the arms business and the political environment in which it operates that facilitates this corruption.