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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La Corruption et le Genre à Lubumbashi : quelques points de vue

La Corruption et le Genre à Lubumbashi : quelques points de vue

By Kiely Barnard-Webster Read this post in English Cette semaine, RCN J&D – exécutants du programme de CAASDI – a parlé avec moi …
Are Women Less Corrupt?

Are Women Less Corrupt?

By Kiely Barnard-Webster This latest posting encourages us to ask more pointed questions about how corruption is experienced and propagated by different …
Les femmes sont-elles moins corrompues ?

Les femmes sont-elles moins corrompues ?

By Kiely Barnard-Webster Read this post in English Les femmes sont-elles moins corrompues que les hommes? Jusqu’a maintenant, plusieurs chercheurs et …
Breaking Out of the Methodological Cage

Breaking Out of the Methodological Cage

Esteemed corruption author and academic Michael Johnston encourages us to look up from our data from time to time, to challenge the evidence we often rely on to define and analyze corruption. In this latest post from our series on corruption in fragile states, Professor Johnston asks us to take a fresh look at the lives and histories of those living in corrupt contexts, in hopes of finding richer, more useful, possibilities for peacebuilding and corruption control. …
Final Blog of the Corruption, Criminal Justice and Legitimacy Mini-Series

Final Blog of the Corruption, Criminal Justice and Legitimacy Mini-Series

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church Do you need evidence to sway your donor that innovation is needed in anti-corruption programming because the old …
Identifying Leverage Points in Systemic Analysis and Planning for Anti-corruption Action

Identifying Leverage Points in Systemic Analysis and Planning for Anti-corruption Action

By Peter Woodrow Last week CDA Executive Director Peter Woodrow shared a systemic analysis of corruption in the criminal justice system in …
A Systemic Analysis of Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Lubumbashi, DRC

A Systemic Analysis of Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Lubumbashi, DRC

By Peter Woodrow CDA has been working with local stakeholders and partners to develop a thorough understanding about how corruption works …
How Tendering Practices by Anticorruption Research Funders Undermine Research Quality and Credibility

How Tendering Practices by Anticorruption Research Funders Undermine Research Quality and Credibility

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Diana Chigas Early last week, the Transparency International (TI) Secretariat in Berlin circulated an Invitation to Tender with a …
How to Deal with the Complexity of Corruption: Four Recommendations for Programming

How to Deal with the Complexity of Corruption: Four Recommendations for Programming

There are a number of shortcomings in the predominant approaches underlying anti-corruption programming when applied to fragile and conflict affected states. Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church offers recommendations for refocusing our understanding of corruption to address these gaps and improve program effectiveness. …