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

Taking the blinders off

Do you need evidence to sway your donor that innovation is needed in anti-corruption programming because the old ways are insufficient? Are you trying to convince a colleague the necessity of looking at a wider array of issues in the context in order to understand what drives corruption? Do you dig systems-thinking? Are you interested […]

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How we listened for the virus: the contribution of community engagement to the Ebola response


In this post Sabina shares her personal experience supporting the response to the Ebola epidemic in Guinea. She explains that listening and community engagement gave responders a better fighting chance – by locating contaminated areas before the disease spread, and by increasing community willingness to collaborate with epidemic protocols. She points out helpful listening methods, and argues that her experience shows it is possible – and that responders must – take the […]

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

Leverage Point

Last week CDA Executive Director Peter Woodrow shared a systemic analysis of corruption in the criminal justice system in Lubumbashi. Today, Peter describes the process of working with local partners to develop the analysis. Responding to Peter’s introduction of key concepts in systems thinking and program design, the local stakeholders developed a common understanding of […]

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

Systems Map

– part of our series on corruption in fragile states – CDA has been working with local stakeholders and partners to develop a thorough understanding about how corruption works in the criminal justice system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). After completing a broad national level analysis, the project has focused on Katanga Province in […]

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

Tendering Practices

-a post by Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Diana Chigas first published on The Global Anticorruption Blog Law, Social Science, and Policy– Early last week, the Transparency International (TI) Secretariat in Berlin circulated an Invitation to Tender with a title that grabbed our attention. Framed as part of a commitment to “the highest standards of accountability, organizational […]

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How to deal with the complexity of corruption: Four recommendations for programming


– the fifth and final in our corruption, criminal justice and legitimacy mini-series, and part of the series on corruption in fragile states –  There are a number of shortcomings in the predominant approaches underlying anti-corruption programming when applied to fragile and conflict affected states. Addressing these gaps—and improving program effectiveness —requires a shift in […]

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Three Critical Factors Missing in Corruption Assessment

Honor Complexity

-the fourth in our corruption, criminal justice and legitimacy mini-series, and part of the series on corruption in fragile states– We have argued that the two dominant models of anti-corruption programming implemented by the international community are insufficient. One of the reasons behind this is a mismatch between the ‘simple’ strategies that are developed and the complexity inherent […]

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