Corruption and Peacebuilding

The Corruption and Peacebuilding Project emerges from the integration of our combined 50 years of experience as peacebuilding scholar-practitioners with our more recent work on corruption. The project seeks to incorporate corruption – the abuse of power for personal gain – into peacebuilding programs and perspectives and vice versa, ultimately leveraging these approaches for anti-corruption work.

In our experience conducting conflict analyses and evaluations over the past decade, we’ve found corruption appear time and again as a key issue, but find very few anti-corruption programs developed by peacebuilding agencies themselves. This divide has been puzzling.

We believe corruption must be tackled with an explicit lens of power dynamics – here, the potential for peacebuilding agencies to strategically advance the field is most evident.

Our work in this space is ongoing and evolving. As such, we invite your ideas, input, and feedback. Please subscribe to our Corruption in Fragile States Blog, where we regularly post new findings and thoughts across all our projects.