Social Norms vs Anti-Corruption Laws: And the winner is???

What role do social norms play in interactions between civil servants when it comes to administrative sanctions? Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church explores this question, based on a participatory systems analysis of Ugandan civil servants (commissioned by SUGAR).

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Edutainment for anti-corruption? A three-step approach based on behavioral science to make it more effective

In this post, Alexandra De Filippo and Humma Sheikh talk about how practitioners can make edutainment effective to change corrupt behaviors with underlying complex motivations. The post throws light on a three step based approach based on behavioral science to develop effective communication content aimed at shifting behaviors.

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Orders from Above: Curated Resources Exploring Social Norms and Public Authorities

Research Associate Cori Simmons curates a list of key resources exploring the role of social norms among public authorities. We know that public authorities, like anyone else, are influenced by pressures and expectations – but if it’s your boss pressuring you, can we call that a social norm? Read more for what the literature has to say on this.

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M&E of the Intangible: Resources on Social Norms

In this post, Dhaval Kothari provides a curated list of published literature which will give you an insight into different M&E tools and methods adopted in various projects focusing on social norms change. This list is intended to help practitioners and organizations use the existing wisdom as a starting point to formulate their respective M&E frameworks for social norms change.

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Arguments or Excuses? Common Reasons I Hear to Avoid Reparations for Corruption Cases

As a sequel to her first post, Dr. Olaya Garcia explores the common excuses she hears for not implementing reparations in corruption cases – as well as her take on how to address those excuses. From issues of collective damage to appropriate targeting of reparation funds – read her take!

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A Good Contagion: Social Norms Makes Its Move in Anti-Corruption Thinking

Social norms theory is picking up steam in the anti-corruption sector, appearing more widely and deeply in the anti-corruption ecosystem of workshops, conferences, literature, and blogs. We’re excited and intrigued by the questions being raised – read on to hear our thoughts on it.

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Why You Should be Using Social Media to Change Corrupt Behaviors

Top-down, structural approaches are only one way to address corruption, but it ignores a critical element of the problem: the behaviors of those who engage in corruption. Social and behavior change (SBCC) offers a new way of thinking about this element.

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