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The Corruption in Fragile States Blog fosters conversation about the effectiveness of anti-corruption initiatives among practitioners, academics, and policymakers working in the context of endemic corruption.
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As an arm of the Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy Program, the Blog challenges conventional thinking and takes a deep dive into critical issues in the field, such as systems-based approaches to corruption, social norms, gender, and research methods. Featuring guest posts from leading experts, practitioners, and our own team, topics range from quick-bite summaries of new research findings from Iraq to Uganda, to provocative thought pieces intended to challenge dominant paradigms and practices. 

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Best of 2020

Best of 2020

Research Assistant Malavika Krishnan recaps the top five most read posts on the Corruption in Fragile States Blog in 2020. Read more to see which posts caught our readers’ eyes! …
Follow the Money, Stop Misinformation and Support Innovation: Accountability during COVID

Follow the Money, Stop Misinformation and Support Innovation: Accountability during COVID

In this post, we spoke to Cheri-Leigh Erasmus, the Global Learning Director of Accountability Lab to know more about how Accountability Lab has reacted to the number of challenges thrown at them by the pandemic and how their anti-corruption/accountability programming has adapted to it. …
The Cost of Democracy: How Dark Money is Funding Democratic Backsliding

The Cost of Democracy: How Dark Money is Funding Democratic Backsliding

Over the last few weeks, we have read a number of reports about how the presidential elections in the United States of America have been marred by a number of “irregularities” and how the American democracy has been undermined. In this post, Jared Miller throws light on four critical ways in which ‘dark money’ or untraceable election spending is contributing to backsliding of American democracy. …
How Micro-corruptions Can Make Many a Journey Miserable

How Micro-corruptions Can Make Many a Journey Miserable

What kinds of corruption do refugees and migrants encounter on their journeys? Professor Kim Wilson explores this question in our latest blog post, drawing on interviews conducted with 450 refugees and migrants across several countries. …
Social Norms vs Anti-Corruption Laws: And the winner is???

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

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

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. …
M&E of the Intangible: Resources on Social Norms

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. …
Another Piece of the Puzzle: Locating Values and Social Norms within Context

Another Piece of the Puzzle: Locating Values and Social Norms within Context

What exactly do we mean when we talk about values as a part of culture? Where and how do they fit into this web of factors we’ve painstakingly researched, defined, and amplified in our Social Norms work? Read on to find out our new thinking around values. …