Joseph Kraus

Joseph Kraus is ONE’s Senior Policy Manager for Transparency and Accountability. Joe was the Program Director at EG Justice and a fellow at Global Witness, where he carried out research and advocacy on corruption and transparency issues. Joe holds a Ph.D. in political science, with a focus on Africa, from the University of Florida.

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Big News: Canada’s mining companies embrace transparency

Big News: Canada’s mining companies embrace transparency

For supporters of transparency, there’s BIG news out of Canada today. Canada’s two largest mining associations, which include more than 1,300 mining companies and organizations, announced today that they have endorsed a set of powerful transparency recommendations which, if fully implemented, could be game-changing for th......
Champagne, disposable shirts and corruption in the Republic of Congo

Champagne, disposable shirts and corruption in the Republic of Congo

Over the past decade, Christmas apparently came early and often for the ruling family of the Republic of Congo. New details stemming from a years-long French investigation into alleged corruption by the ruling families of three African countries – the Obiang family of Equatorial Guinea, the Bongo family of Gabon, and Sassou......
ONE action you can take for International Anti-Corruption Day

ONE action you can take for International Anti-Corruption Day

Ending corruption in the oil and mining industry starts in our own backyard. Today is International Anti-Corruption Day. We have a very real way in which your voice can make a difference in the fight against corruption. It’s no secret that corruption is a widespread problem in Africa. In Afrobarometer surveys of African cit......
ONE Canada: Make the mining, oil and gas industries more responsible!

ONE Canada: Make the mining, oil and gas industries more responsible!

Toronto mayor Rob Ford has dominated the news of late, but here’s a positive development in Canada that you likely didn’t know about: The Canadian government is positioning itself to be a global leader in transparency, a move that could have a significant impact in the effort to end global poverty. You see, back in&hellip......
The paradox of oil-fueled poverty

The paradox of oil-fueled poverty

It is difficult to walk far in Equatorial Guinea without tripping over a contradiction. This small, oil-rich country on the west coast of Central Africa is afloat in oil money.  A new monument, glass high rise, or presidential mansion seems to appear each day, often right next to rusted shacks or polluted streams. Sharply-dr......
Is this the ultimate ‘smooth criminal’?

Is this the ultimate ‘smooth criminal’?

An exhibit of Michael Jackson memorabilia – including a diamond-studded Bad Tour glove and the autographed jacket worn in the Thriller video – is scheduled to begin next month. Global fans of MJ may be disappointed to learn that, to see the exhibit, they will need to book an expensive trip to Equatorial Guinea, where&hell......
How the US can inspire a transparency revolution

How the US can inspire a transparency revolution

As we’ve noted previously, the G8 Summit provides a golden opportunity for G8 leaders to help inspire a “transparency revolution.” While the UK holds the presidency of the G8 this year with Prime Minister David Cameron as its representative, President Obama and the US have the opportunity to make transparency a priority......
Sequestration’s silver lining

Sequestration’s silver lining

“Cut defense!” “Cut Medicare!” “Cut farm subsidies!” If you’ve tuned into CSPAN or cable news lately, you recognize those refrains from the ongoing Congressional debate about avoiding the “sequestration” cuts set to go into effect March 1. You may have grown tired of this seemingly endless debate, which Cong......