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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Corruption: Is the Law Blindsiding a More Meaningful Discourse?

When did the law and the legal profession start to dominate the international discourse on corruption – focusing on the supply-side and ignoring the reasons why corruption may occur in some contexts? The better route is more dialogue and teamwork across disciplines.

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Fighting Organized Crime: What Works in Law Enforcement and Beyond

By Phyllis Dininio. Transnational organized crime has expanded dramatically in size and scope in the 21st century and now poses threats to security, politics, commerce and communities. Countering it effectively is not just a job for law enforcement. Policymakers and practitioners need to pull their weight to enable effective responses. This blog post offers a snapshot of what works to counter transnational organized crime based on expert remarks presented at a series of USAID-hosted roundtable discussions on rule of law and organized crime.

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Broad Anti-Corruption Programs Are the Wrong Approach

By Mark Pyman. In countries enduring high levels of corruption, whether related to conflict or instability, it is easy to see endemic corruption as something overarching, requiring similarly broad reform strategies. However, my experience in Afghanistan suggests the opposite; anti-corruption strategies need to be tailored to the specific enablers and drivers of each particular sector.

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