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. 

We invite you to explore our work and join the conversation. Leave a comment on a post or contact us with an idea for a new post – we’d love to hear from you.

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When Cows Facilitate Court: The Culture of Gifting and Corruption in Modern Courts

When Cows Facilitate Court: The Culture of Gifting and Corruption in Modern Courts

By Juliet Hatanga In this post, Juliet Harty Hatanga, who has ten years of experience working with the Courts of Judicature of Uganda, …
Do Anti-Corruption Agencies Really Matter? Some Lessons on State Legitimacy from Indonesia

Do Anti-Corruption Agencies Really Matter? Some Lessons on State Legitimacy from Indonesia

By Sergio M. Gemperle In this post, researcher Sergio Gemperle questions the role of anti-corruption agencies (ACAs) in increasing state legitimacy. He argues …
The Unhelpful Nature of Anti-Corruption Research, As Seen by People Trying to Develop Solutions

The Unhelpful Nature of Anti-Corruption Research, As Seen by People Trying to Develop Solutions

By Mark Pyman Dr. Mark Pyman, who is deeply involved in efforts to reduce corruption in Afghanistan, pinpoints what frustrates him …
Finding My Way Around the Corruption System with a Map: Mapping the Effects of an Intervention and Extending Systems Mapping to New Areas

Finding My Way Around the Corruption System with a Map: Mapping the Effects of an Intervention and Extending Systems Mapping to New Areas

By Peter Woodrow Peter Woodrow is the Executive Director of CDA Collaborative Learning Projects. For nearly a year, Peter has accompanied the …
What Dynamics Drive Police and Judicial Officers to Engage in Corruption

What Dynamics Drive Police and Judicial Officers to Engage in Corruption

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church Use the systems maps below to follow the police and judicial officers’ experience of corruption in the precincts and …
What Dynamics Drive Citizens to Engage in or Accede to Corruption

What Dynamics Drive Citizens to Engage in or Accede to Corruption

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church Uganda has almost every institution, law, procedure, and body that one expects to find in a robust criminal …
Three Lessons about Corruption in the Police and Courts in Northern Uganda

Three Lessons about Corruption in the Police and Courts in Northern Uganda

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church This week, Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church presents three non-intuitive insights about corruption in Northern Uganda: (1) Citizens perceive that all justice must be …
1.39 Cheers for Quantitative Analysis

1.39 Cheers for Quantitative Analysis

By Michael Johnston We thank Matthew Stephenson for his sincere response to Michael Johnston’s post “Breaking Out of the Methodological Cage”, …
A View on Corruption and Gender in Lubumbashi

A View on Corruption and Gender in Lubumbashi

Kiely Barnard-Webster follows up her post about gender and corruption with insights from RCN J&D’s Longin and Patricia about the Lubumbashi context. …