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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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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. …
Arguments or Excuses? Common Reasons I Hear to Avoid Reparations for Corruption Cases

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! …
A Good Contagion: Social Norms Makes Its Move in Anti-Corruption Thinking

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. …
Reparations for Corruption: How Corruption Enforcement Ignores Victims’ Rights

Reparations for Corruption: How Corruption Enforcement Ignores Victims’ Rights

The right to reparation is a basic legal principle and a keystone of social coexistence: what gets broken through human intervention needs to be repaired. So why is it not common practice in cases of corruption? Read Dr Olaya Garcia’s take on it. …
Why You Should be Using Social Media to Change Corrupt Behaviors

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. …
What You Must Know to Differentiate Norms from What’s Normal

What You Must Know to Differentiate Norms from What’s Normal

Are all ‘normal’ behaviors social norms driven? CJL Co-Directors disentangle three common mistakes and points of confusion they observe from people who are new to social norms. …
Corruption: Is the Law Blindsiding a More Meaningful Discourse?

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. …
Everything You Need to Know about Social Norms and Corruption

Everything You Need to Know about Social Norms and Corruption

Did you know social norms can act as a brake to sustainable behavior change? That there’s a body of research on how social norms influence behavior? We didn’t either – until now. Read our new Social Norms Reference Guide to see what we’ve learned. …
Fighting Organized Crime: What Works in Law Enforcement and Beyond

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. …