The Corruption in Fragile States Blog

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.

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. 

We invite you to explore our work and join the conversation. Leave a comment on a post or contact us with an idea for a new post – we’d love to hear from you.

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Actionable Evidence:  What a Donor Learnt about Addressing Police Corruption

Actionable Evidence: What a Donor Learnt about Addressing Police Corruption

In this post, Schuyler Miller gives us insight into the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement’s research findings on effective approaches to addressing police corruption. …
Is it a Social Norm, or Something Else? The Curious Case of a Traffic Police Officer in India

Is it a Social Norm, or Something Else? The Curious Case of a Traffic Police Officer in India

In this post, Dhaval Kothari unpacks the scenario of a traffic police officer soliciting bribe in India and analyzes if a social norms is driving this corrupt behaviour. …
How might faith-based actors play a role in changing values and norms of corruption?

How might faith-based actors play a role in changing values and norms of corruption?

In this post, Roberto Laver sets out his thoughts on the potential role of faith leaders and communities in fighting corruption and building a culture of public integrity and ethical universalism. …
Peacebuilding and Corruption in Focus: Can looking through an Anti-Corruption lens strengthen Security Sector Reform?

Peacebuilding and Corruption in Focus: Can looking through an Anti-Corruption lens strengthen Security Sector Reform?

In this post, Julien Joly sets out his thoughts on the need to mainstream anti-corruption in security sector reforms to improve the impact of peacebuilding initiatives. …
Two roads that will never meet? An agenda for dialogue on the intersection of peacebuilding and anti-corruption

Two roads that will never meet? An agenda for dialogue on the intersection of peacebuilding and anti-corruption

In this post, our co-director Diana Chigas sets out her thoughts on why the anti-corruption and peacebuilding fields need to intersect and some key questions that need a deep-dive.
The Threat is Real: what it means for civil servants when social norms and the law do not align

The Threat is Real: what it means for civil servants when social norms and the law do not align

CJL Program Co-Director Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church reflects on the personal and professional risks that inhibit civil servants in the Ugandan context from implementing the 2009 Anti-Corruption Act. …
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. …