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march 14th, 2018

The Key to Making Peace in Africa: Fighting Corruption Can Help End Conflict


Note: This piece originally appeared in Foreign Affairs, and was written by George Clooney and John Prendergast.

In December 2013, competing factions of South Sudan’s ruling party plunged the country into a horrific civil war as they fought over the spoils of the world’s newest state. Now in its fourth year, the conflict has ravaged the economy, resulted in tens of thousands of deaths, brought hundreds of thousands to the brink of famine, and displaced more than four million people, making this Africa’s largest refugee crisis since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. And yet, amid all the suffering, a small clique of government elites and their cronies inside and outside South Sudan have benefited financially from the fighting, siphoning off the country’s oil wealth and storing the money in their private bank accounts and in luxury real estate in neighboring countries.

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march 5th, 2018

Fueling Atrocities: Oil and War in South Sudan


Note: This brief was originally published on The Sentry.


South Sudan’s elite is using the country’s oil wealth to get rich and terrorize civilians, according to documents reviewed in an ongoing investigation by The Sentry.

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last updated july 27th, 2015

july 27th, 2015

Report: The Nexus of Corruption and Conflict in South Sudan

South Sudan was born amid great hope.The citizens of the world’s newest nation voted with one voice in support of independence for a country that boasted vast natural wealth.Goodwill from the international community brought significant international development assistance and the country was expected to quickly transition to self reliance, for the most part, on the basis of its own oil revenues. Instead, South Sudan has plunged into civil war, economic collapse, and creeping international isolation. The country’s elites have built a kleptocratic regime that controls all sectors of the economy, and have squandered a historic chance for the development of a functional state. These predatory economic networks play a central role in the current civil war, because much of the conflict is driven by elites attempting to re-negotiate their share of the politico-economic power balance through violence.


Follow the jump for a link to the full report.

july 21st, 2015

Board Member John Prendergast Op-Ed: "President Obama Must Help Tackle Africa’s Hijacked States"

This op-ed, authored by board member John Prendergast, originally appeared on


On July 23rd, President Obama will be visiting what has been the deadliest neighborhood in the world over the past twenty years. He’ll be touching down in the two most stable countries in the region, Kenya and Ethiopia. Though beset with human rights issues of their own, they are swimming in a sea of extreme instability. The armies of Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Central African Republic, along with a veritable alphabet soup of rebel groups and criminal militias, are the most visible manifestations of Africa’s biggest challenge: the nexus between massive corruption and violent conflict.

june 10th, 2015

Report: "Neighborhood Watch: Mobilizing Regional Action for Peace in South Sudan"

A new report released today, Neighborhood Watch: Mobilizing Regional Action for Peace in South Sudan, describes the competing political and economic interests of South Sudan’s neighbors that have so far undermined regional willingness to take action against the warring parties, including imposing targeted sanctions and an arms embargo.


Follow the link for the full report, as well as a link to an interactive, evolving timeline of South Sudan Sanctions and Sanctions Threats.

january 28th, 2015

Report: "Poachers Without Borders"

Smart Tech, Eyes in the Sky to Stop Armed Groups Profiting in Congo Ivory; Geospatial Mapping, Satellites and Predictive Analysis Combats Trafficking, Mass Elephant Slaughter in Garamba National Park


Report published today by the Enough Project, the Satellite Sentinel Project, African Parks, and DigitalGlobe details how leading edge technology, including satellite imagery and predictive analytics, can be a game-changer for park rangers working to halt an unprecedented slaughter of elephants for ivory in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


Follow the link for the full report, as well as an interactive dynamic microsite.

january 21st, 2015

Report: "Grand Theft Global: Prosecuting the War Crime of Natural Resource Pillage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo"

Report published today by The Enough Project details Violent Groups Earning Millions from Theft in War, Getting Away with It.

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