Author Archives: Jasmine Walovitch

Thematic Easy Access List of Corruption in Fragile States Series Posts

Is corruption a relevant framework for understanding the financial journey of refugees? What about social norms? And why is asking for the right framework a relevant question? Those are only a few of the many topics we’ve engaged in the nearly 40 blog posts we hosted so far about corruption in fragile states — today we take a bird’s-eye view of the ground we covered. Continue reading

What We Learned About Blogging in a Year

If you are looking for an alternative way to share your program findings, definitely consider blogging. Within a year we succeeded in fostering a space for conversation between actors working in the field of anti-corruption in fragile states. On this anniversary, we want to share the key lessons we learned about blogging on corruption, and make the case for you to become involved.

As Mark Pyman argued last week, the anti-corruption sector can use more platforms like these, which try to break out of the methodological box, share program findings as they arise, and create a stage for voices from the full spectrum of stakeholders – including policy-makers, donors, and practitioners. We hope you find these six lessons about blogging inspirational! Continue reading

The Corruption in Fragile States Blog Series

An easy to access list of all posts from the Corruption in Fragile States blog series.

CDA Collaborative Learning Projects and Besa initiated this learning-focused blog series in March 2016 to foster a space for conversation between actors working in the field of anti-corruption in fragile states. The series aims to explore systems-inspired strategies and tactics for changing corruption dynamics, and better means to analyze these dynamics in order to design innovative and effective programs. Our contributions are inspired by, but not limited to, the Central Africa Accountable Service Delivery Initiative (CAASDI) and a sister project housed at the Institute for Human Security, The Fletcher School, Tufts University looking at Uganda. As we continue to examine our own thinking, we gladly welcome reflections and questions:

  • Contact us (emails below) if you are interested in submitting a post.
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  • Comment below about new topics, in the realm of countering corruption in fragile states, you would like to read about, or any feedback on our series so far, and this overview in particular.

Blog series co-authors and curators,

Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Kiely Barnard-Webster Continue reading

Do no harm

How can we prevent humanitarian aid from worsening contexts?

Aid has impacts on the threats to peace and stability (Dividers) and on the supports to peace and stability (Connecters) in a society. We have learned that there are predictable Patterns of Impact that assistance has on the Dividers and Connectors. These patterns are identifiable through Resource Transfers and Implicit Ethical Messages. Continue reading


Contribute to long-term development

How can disaster response contribute to long-term development?

1. Even the most devastated communities retain capacities. Even if the physical/material infrastructure is destroyed, the communities still have strong relationships, personal skills, organizational abilities, important norms and values, effective leaders and the ability to make decisions. Continue reading