About the Short Guide – Why Social Norms Matter to Anti-Corruption

This guide explains why integrating social norms into accountability, corruption or integrity related programming matters and highlights possible negative consequences of the failure to do so. It follows upon our first short guide, which boils down the complexity of social norms into the need-to-know components relevant to programming.

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Pilfering the Peace: the nexus between corruption and peacebuilding

Pilfering the Peace explores the issues at the nexus of corruption, conflict, and peacebuilding in a short and accessible manner. Written over a decade ago, this volume of the Life & Peace Institute journal series – New Routes – pulls together insightful analysis grounded in examples from Burundi, Liberia, the Caucasus, Lebanon, Colombia, and the DRC, among others. While not a product of the Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy Program, it was edited by our co-director Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church.

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Strengthening Rule of Law Approaches to Address Organized Crime: Social Norms

Based on a roundtable discussion with USAID and MSI, this white paper explores what social norms are, why they matter, and presents broad approaches and tools for changing social norms that could apply to organized crime.

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Using Systems Thinking to Understand and Address Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Fragile States

Scharbatke-Church and Chigas contributed this insightful analysis to a recent book: Corruption, Social Sciences, and the Law: Exploration Across the Disciplines. Pointing out a disappointing record on anti-corruption, this chapter outlines a new way of analyzing corruption using systems thinking tools which better capture its complexity.

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Understanding Corruption in Criminal Justice as a Robust and Resilient System

This paper seeks to contribute to the field of criminal justice reform by sharing a systems-based analytic process to understand corruption in the CJS in fragile states. It explains what was done; why; the benefits and, of course, draw-backs of this process; as well as the lessons learnt.

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Collective Action Against Corruption in the Criminal Justice System

Too often, when the Criminal Justice System is riddled with corruption, a system meant to be a protector becomes a predator, giving rise to systematic use of extortion/bribery, sexual favors, political interference, and/or favoritism. This innovative practice brief describes CJL’s experimental effort to combat these forces within the CJS of Lubumbashi, DRC.

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