WHO WE ARE
The Whistleblowing International Network is an emerging global coalition of organizations with experience advising whistleblowers and protecting them through the courts, in the press and in national legislatures.
The Network evolved in response to an increasingly urgent need for systematic exchange of technical expertise and information about the law and practice of whistleblowing across borders. It was at a meeting held in the margins of a International Whistleblowing Research Network (IWRN) conference in 2011 that the idea of WIN was first mooted.
WIN was founded in 2013 by five the world’s leading whistleblower protection organisations:
- Government Accountability Project, USA
- Protect (formerly Public Concern at Work), UK
- Whistleblower-Netzwerk e.V. / Whistleblower-Network, Germany
- Open Democracy Advice Centre, South Africa
- Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform, Canada (currently inactive, see the Centre for Free Expression (CFE) Whistleblowing Initiative)
In 2018, WIN registered as an incorporated charity based in Scotland. WIN’s Board of Trustees are:
John Devitt (Chair of WIN) and Chief Executive of Transparency International Ireland
Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project
Annegret Falter, Chair, Whistleblowers-Netzwerk
David Hutton, Senior Fellow, Centre for Free Expressions Whistleblowing Initiative
Cathy James, Senior Legal Consultant on whistleblowing law and practice
Venkatesh Nayak, Coordinator of the Access to Information Programme, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative
Vladimir Radomirović, Editor-in-Chief, Pištaljka
Francesca West, Chief Executive, Protect
WIN is run by Anna Myers, Executive Directive
Since its formation, WIN has reached out to those working in fields closely connected to democratic accountability and whistleblowing including in investigative journalism, academia, justice and human rights, open government, anti-corruption, independent regulation and supervision (eg. ombudspersons, information commissioners) and intergovernmental organisations such as the Council of Europe, the Organisation of American States and the United Nations. WIN’s expert listserv now brings together expertise and knowledge from more than 35 countries worldwide.
WIN collaborates with its members and associates and is an internationally recognised centre of excellence in whistleblowing law and practice.
WHAT WE DO
Our mission is to strengthen civil society capacity to protect public interest whistleblowers worldwide and ensure that this expertise and learning serves the greater good more effectively.
WIN does this by:
- Providing an international platform for sharing information and learning about whistleblowing law and practice as a democratic accountability mechanism.
- Working across borders to transmit first-hand knowledge of whistleblower protection.
- Forming new links with civil society organizations around the world focused on effective whistleblower protections.
- Developing country-appropriate international policy and legislative solutions.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
If you would like to get involved with our Network and are an independent NGO or civil society group, please email: