Episode Five: Campaigning against corruption: a discussion with Hennie Van Vuuren

The podcast series “African Voices, African Arguments” features African scholars, writers, policy makers and activists on issues of peace, justice and democracy, and is produced by World Peace Foundation and presented in partnership with African Arguments and The Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University.

Alex de Waal discusses corruption and accountability in the South African context with Hennie van Vuuren, Director of Open Secrets.

"The role of banks, of auditors, of big law firms is very central to a criminal economy in the world."


Listen to Episode Five: Campaigning against corruption: a discussion with Hennie Van Vuuren


Hennie van Vuuren works as Director of Open Secrets a Cape Town based non-profit working for accountability for private actors who profit from economic crime and related human rights abuses. He has twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector working on issues of corruption and accountability and is a past fellow of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, Director of the Institute for Security Studies in Cape Town and worked for for Transparency International in Berlin. Hennie is the author of Apartheid Guns & Money: A Tale of Profit (2017/2018) and co-author of The Devil in the Detail: How the Arms Deal Changed Everything (2011).


Alex de Waal is the Executive Director of the World Peace Foundation at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Considered one of the foremost experts on Sudan and the Horn of Africa, his scholarly work and practice has also probed humanitarian crisis and response, human rights, HIV/AIDS and governance in Africa, and conflict and peace-building.