‘Hidden’ positive outliers on bribery: first papers on Uganda & South Africa

The most exciting time for a researcher is when a project comes together and there are actual outputs. So it is with our ‘Islands of Integrity‘ research project…   The research – which has been done with Dr Caryn Peiffer, Dr Rosita Armytage and (in South Africa) Prof Trevor Budhram – looks at anti-bribery positive outliers,… Read More ‘Hidden’ positive outliers on bribery: first papers on Uganda & South Africa

Oil reform in Nigeria: The ups and downs of channel-hopping programme delivery

Originally posted on the DLP Opinions blog, with Elisa Lopez Lucia, Joanna Buckley and Neil McCulloch. Image: Work in the Niger Delta (Cristiano Zingale) ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ (TWP) has been gaining traction in development programming, given its premise that programming teams can maximise the possibility of real impact if they can get the ‘politics’ right. But… Read More Oil reform in Nigeria: The ups and downs of channel-hopping programme delivery

Beyond the Limits: Can we Think and Work Politically to achieve the SDGs?

Originally posted on the OECD’s Institutions & Stability blog  So just as we embark on the most ambitious global development project yet in the form of the new Sustainable Development Goals, some hefty questions are being asked about development assistance. And the answer we keep hearing – in one form or another – is the… Read More Beyond the Limits: Can we Think and Work Politically to achieve the SDGs?

How does politically informed programming shape development outcomes?

Originally posted on the DLP Opinions blog With Niheer Dasandi and Mark Robinson Many well-intentioned development programmes founder in the face of resistance from entrenched elites who feel threatened by a potential loss of power and resources. Resources intended for the poor and disadvantaged benefit the rich and powerful. In response, development practitioners and academics… Read More How does politically informed programming shape development outcomes?

What are governance advisers missing with ‘Political Economy Analysis’? How can they do better?

From a restaurant in Jakarta, David Hudson & Heather Marquette with some new thinking on power, politics and governance What advice would you give to a novice governance advisor working for a bilateral donor going into the field for the first time? Want to know how some of the top governance experts, advisors, researchers and… Read More What are governance advisers missing with ‘Political Economy Analysis’? How can they do better?

Development cooperation and fighting corruption: thinking differently

Originally posted on the DLP Opinions blog Everyone associates Brazil with football and the World Cup. Brazilians pouring out onto the street last summer to protest the competition being hosted in their country was last thing many of us expected to see. In over one hundred cities, over one million people rallied by social media… Read More Development cooperation and fighting corruption: thinking differently

Reforming FIFA: what can we learn from experience with (other) corrupt autocrats?

This guestie comes from Birmingham University’s Paul Jackson and Heather Marquette. Acres (how many football pitches-worth, we wonder) have been written about the footballing earthquake that followed the arrest of several FIFA officials and the melodramatic end of Sepp Blatter’s reign. But here’s another angle. In the world of development politics there are striking parallels between… Read More Reforming FIFA: what can we learn from experience with (other) corrupt autocrats?

Communicating anti-corruption messages in development

Originally posted on the OECD’s Institutions & Stability blog Development cooperation partners are increasingly asked by their constituencies to show that they give value for money. The financial crisis has hit public agencies around the world hard, and many countries have cut their development cooperation budgets. Under these circumstances, development practitioners are under strong pressure from… Read More Communicating anti-corruption messages in development

Corruption: unpacking the black box of political will

Originally posted on the DLP Opinions blog With Caryn Peiffer Despite the significant investment, perhaps as much as a hundred million dollars a year, being poured into fighting corruption by the international community, most systemically corrupt countries are considered to be just as corrupt now as they ever were. Recent events in Ukraine illustrate the… Read More Corruption: unpacking the black box of political will

Fixing aid: we can’t turn off the tap at the first sign of corruption

Originally posted on The Conversation blog Over the past 15 years, those working in aid have changed the way they talk about corruption. Detecting and measuring corruption when money is sent overseas has become a hot topic since the United Nations brought in rules on the issue in 2005. But for all the talk, less… Read More Fixing aid: we can’t turn off the tap at the first sign of corruption