The Big Shift That Police and Justice Professionals Need to Make in Fragile States

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church

When operating in fragile states, donors and implementers working in the police, justice and corrections space need to incorporate a complexity lens if programs are to effectively respond to the realities of the context. Moving from ‘simple’ or ‘complicated’ understandings of the issues, to one that accepts the complexity inherent to the process is best, particularly when these issues are exacerbated by systemic corruption.

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Two Insights from an Experiment in Collective Corruption Resistance

By Kiely Barnard-Webster and Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church With every experimental action, there needs to be feedback (informal and formal monitoring and evaluation), reflection and

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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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Towards a Corruption-Sensitive Conflict Analysis

By Michelle Garred In this blog post, Michelle Garred, conflict sensitivity practitioner for 15 years, challenges herself to rethink her hesitancy

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How the Séléka/Anti-Balaka Crisis Has Been Gas on the Fire of Corruption in the Central African Republic

By  Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church In this post Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church shares findings from our new research examining corruption in the criminal justice sector in

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