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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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Embedding Social Norms for Effective Anti-Corruption Interventions

Embedding Social Norms for Effective Anti-Corruption Interventions

By Ben Cislaghi In this post Ben Cislaghi discusses two points for thinking about norms and corruption: first, social norms are …
Pity the Man Who Stands Alone

Pity the Man Who Stands Alone

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church In this post Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church shares findings on how: (1) Acts of jealousy and revenge fuel the …
How the Séléka/Anti-Balaka Crisis Has Been Gas on the Fire of Corruption in the Central African Republic

How the Séléka/Anti-Balaka Crisis Has Been Gas on the Fire of Corruption in the Central African Republic

By  Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church In this post Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church shares findings from our new research examining corruption in the criminal justice sector in …
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 …