Transparency & Accountability


For democracy to function, the first prerequisite is transparency. By uncovering and publicizing facts often obscured behind public policy pronouncements, CIP enables citizens to know what government is doing in their name and with their tax dollars. Armed with this information, citizens can hold our leaders accountable.

See below for links to our work that pushes for transparency and accountability.

Applying the Leahy Law to U.S. Military and Police Aid

By Security Assistance Monitor

Dec-01-2014 | Report

A guide on what the Leahy Law says, how the United States applies it and what organizations can do to encourage U.S. action against security forces accused of violations... Read More »

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Honduras

By Security Assistance Monitor

Dec-01-2014 | Report

Over the past decade, Honduras has become one of the most dangerous places in the world. In 2013 the country recorded the highest global murder rate, with 79 homicides per 100,000 residents... Read More »

Country Profile: U.S. Security Assistance to Yemen

By Security Assistance Monitor

Oct-20-2014 | Report

Following close to eleven months of street protests calling for an end to his 33-year presidency, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh signed a U.S.-supported transition plan on November 23, 2011. Former Vice President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi was elected president in February 2012 in a one-man election. While the new government has made progress on parts of the transition plan by beginning to restructure the security sector and completing a National Dialogue Conference (NDC), it has yet to revise the constitution or hold new elections... Read More »

Inside the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture: The CIA’s Disgrace

By Melvin A. Goodman

Dec-12-2014 | Article

The disgraceful and unconscionable role of the CIA in President George W. Bush’s Global War on Terror included the sadistic torture and abuse that predated and exceeded the so-called Torture Memoranda of the Department of Justice; the pathetic mismanagement by CIA directors and deputy directors that actually abetted the sadism; and the pathological lying that has accompanied the CIA’s campaign to marginalize the Senate report and the Senate intelligence committee’s chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein... Read More »

The War on Drugs is a War on Young People: Mexico’s Youth Under Siege

By Laura Carlsen

Dec-04-2014 | Article

Since the beginning of the war on drugs, launched by former president Felipe Calderon in December of 2006, an alarming number of young Mexicans have been killed in a context of almost total impunity... Read More »

U.S. Support for Mexico's Drug War Goes Beyond Guns and Money

By Angelika Albaladejo, Mike LaSusa

Dec-01-2014 | Article

In spite of widely acknowledged and rampant corruption in Mexico's security and law enforcement institutions, implicated in the September disappearance of more than 40 college students, the United States continues to supply the country with well over $100 million per year in military and police assistance... Read More »

Financial Transparency Coalition Annual Conference 2014

Oct-14-14 | Lima, Peru

Mark your calendars for the Financial Transparency Coalition 2014 annual conference co-hosted by the Latin American Network on Debt and Development in Lima, Peru October 14-15... Read More »

Hill Briefing

Sep-16-14 | Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room G-11

With the President’s announcement of a $5 billion Counter Terrorism Partnerships Fund in late May, the Obama administration is greatly expanding U.S. foreign security assistance to combat terrorism around the world. Join us for a discussion of the challenges and opportunities created by this announcement... Read More »

Towards Transparency: Making the Global Financial System Work for Development

Oct-01-13 | Dar es Salaam

Illicit financial flows are one of the leading, and most under-appreciated, causes of poverty in the developing world... Read More »