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. 

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Reflections on Using Most Significant Change in An Anti-Corruption Program

Reflections on Using Most Significant Change in An Anti-Corruption Program

By Sandra Sjogren and Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church In this post, Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Sandra Sjogren reflect on their experience using Most Significant …
Why We Need to Kill the ‘Corruption is Cancer’ Analogy

Why We Need to Kill the ‘Corruption is Cancer’ Analogy

By Paul M Heywood.

In this post Professor Paul Heywood gives three reasons to why the analogy of corruption as cancer is not just misplaced, but positively unhelpful for efforts to combat corruption. …
The Value of a Stereotype: Women Resisting Corruption

The Value of a Stereotype: Women Resisting Corruption

How we almost discredited an important piece to understanding the dynamics of resisting corruption in Democratic Republic of Congo, when we were uncomfortable with what we heard from participants in our gender analysis. …
Research Methodology for Identifying Social Norms that Catalyze Corruption

Research Methodology for Identifying Social Norms that Catalyze Corruption

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church We believe that social norms are one of the causes of resiliency in corruption systems which is why they …
Anti-Corruption Awareness Raised – But to What Effect?

Anti-Corruption Awareness Raised – But to What Effect?

In this post Dr Caryn Peiffer discusses her research on the impact of anti-corruption awareness raising programs. Findings, she argues, defy intuitive assumptions. …
Using the Participatory Monitoring Approach, Most Significant Change, for an Anti-Corruption Program

Using the Participatory Monitoring Approach, Most Significant Change, for an Anti-Corruption Program

By Sandra Sjögren and Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church In this post, Sandra Sjögren and Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church discuss why they chose to use the …
How Might Gender Roles Affect Whether You Engage in, or Hold Back from, Corruption?

How Might Gender Roles Affect Whether You Engage in, or Hold Back from, Corruption?

In this post Kiely Barnard-Webster explains two key takeaways for practitioners from our recent field visit to the DRC: (1) If an anti-corruption program threatens a gender group’s privileged status, this must be taken into account in the program design or it will undermine effectiveness. (2) If anti-corruption strategies don’t account for the different ways in which gender groups engage in corruption these strategies may not work. …
Recognizing the Potential “Destructive” Power of Social Norms

Recognizing the Potential “Destructive” Power of Social Norms

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Russell Hathaway Read our newest work on this topic, Understanding Social Norms: A Reference Guide for Policy …
Is Female Discrimination in the Justice Sector Corruption?

Is Female Discrimination in the Justice Sector Corruption?

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church We wish to improve the gender representation within the anti-corruption theory of change in the program we support …