Anti-corruption advocates in Sierra Leone are hoping a new law will give the government a better mandate to conduct robust integrity checks on companies applying for mining rights.
TI chapters are working to have their governments introduce rigorous beneficial ownership and integrity due diligence as part of the licensing process.
Diamonds are found in about a quarter of Sierra Leone in the south-east and east of the country. Thousands of mining licences are clustered around the drainage areas of the rivers in the Kong, Kenema and Bo Districts.
This report analyses the risk of corruption in the process of awarding mining permits in Sierra Leone.