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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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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 …
What Anti-Corruption Practitioners Should Read About Social Norms

What Anti-Corruption Practitioners Should Read About Social Norms

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Russell Hathaway The literature on social norms and corruption needs to improve, and definitions need to …
What We Learned About Blogging in a Year

What We Learned About Blogging in a Year

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, Jasmine Walovitch and Kiely Barnard-Webster If you are looking for an alternative way to share your program …
A Helpful Response to Unhelpful Research, and a Call for Ideas

A Helpful Response to Unhelpful Research, and a Call for Ideas

By Dr. Mark Pyman In January, Mark Pyman wrote a blog on this site on the unhelpful nature of anti-corruption research. …
The Case for Systems in Corruption Analysis

The Case for Systems in Corruption Analysis

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church In this blog post we share a new video we created to reach those who are too busy to …
Approaching Corruption Through the Lens of Masculinities

Approaching Corruption Through the Lens of Masculinities

By Héctor Portillo and Sebastián Molanon Héctor Portillo and Sebastián Molanon propose three ways in which the expectations, pressures, and privileges of …
Are Social Norms an Important Missing Link in Anti-Corruption Programming?

Are Social Norms an Important Missing Link in Anti-Corruption Programming?

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Russell Hathaway In this post Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Russell Hathaway begin their deep dive into the world …