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.
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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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Corruption That Kills: How Corruption is Undermining Peace and Democracy in Mexico

Corruption That Kills: How Corruption is Undermining Peace and Democracy in Mexico

By Talia Hagerty and Carlos Juárez

Mexico is about to face the biggest test to peace and democracy it has seen in decades – and endemic corruption is only making it harder. …
When Your Project’s Success Gets a “So What?” in Response

When Your Project’s Success Gets a “So What?” in Response

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church

Understanding success isn’t easy at the best of times in complex environments. But when change is achieved but not acknowledged as such according to traditional sectoral standards, what does that mean? …
The Big Shift That Police and Justice Professionals Need to Make in Fragile States

The Big Shift That Police and Justice Professionals Need to Make in Fragile States

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church

When operating in fragile states, donors and implementers working in the police, justice and corrections space need to incorporate a complexity lens if programs are to effectively respond to the realities of the context. Moving from ‘simple’ or ‘complicated’ understandings of the issues, to one that accepts the complexity inherent to the process is best, particularly when these issues are exacerbated by systemic corruption. …
Two Insights from an Experiment in Collective Corruption Resistance

Two Insights from an Experiment in Collective Corruption Resistance

By Kiely Barnard-Webster and Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church With every experimental action, there needs to be feedback (informal and formal monitoring and evaluation), reflection and …
What Worked: Fighting Corruption Through Collective Action

What Worked: Fighting Corruption Through Collective Action

By Kiely Barnard-Webster The central contribution of the Network is that members no longer feel alone in …
Towards a Corruption-Sensitive Conflict Analysis

Towards a Corruption-Sensitive Conflict Analysis

By Michelle Garred In this blog post, Michelle Garred, conflict sensitivity practitioner for 15 years, challenges herself to rethink her hesitancy …
Corruption : résister à tout prix ?

Corruption : résister à tout prix ?

By Gabin Bady Kabuya and Florence Liégeois Resisting corruption is not easy, not even when supported by a collective effort. …
The Biggest Paradigm Error in Tackling Corruption: Not Dealing with Organized Crime

The Biggest Paradigm Error in Tackling Corruption: Not Dealing with Organized Crime

By Eric Scheye International organizations, donors and policy analysts have, over the past few years, recognized how organized criminal networks impede and undermine development and …
First: Prevent the Misallocation of Funds. Then: Strengthen the Rule of Law

First: Prevent the Misallocation of Funds. Then: Strengthen the Rule of Law

By Liz David-Barrett I have argued elsewhere that corruption causes two distinct types of harm. It has a primary impact – the effect …