What I’m reading this month: July 2019 edition

What I’m reading this month: July 2019 edition

Quick reads for short journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Ali Breland, The bizarre and terrifying ‘deepfake’ video that helped bring an African nation to the brink I read a lot of stuff about corruption, crime and conflict (the 3Cs troika), but I have to admit that little I’ve read recently has freaked me out as much as [...]

What I’m reading this month: June 2019 edition

What I’m reading this month: June 2019 edition

Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Rim Turkmani, Devolution of power or decentralisation of power in Syria? This blog from the DFID-funded Conflict Research Programme looks at how fragmentation of the previously highly-centralised state in Syria has led to the rise of regional and local elites drawing legitimacy from ethno-sectarian narratives, the use of violence and control [...]

What I’m reading this month: May 2019 version

What I’m reading this month: May 2019 version

Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Explain ZA, State capture: three reasons why no one is in jail yet This short video from South Africa looks to explain to the general public why they’ve not seen any ‘big names’ convicted of corruption since President Ramaphosa came to power, but why we shouldn’t lose hope just yet. For [...]

What I’m reading this month: December 2018 edition

What I’m reading this month: December 2018 edition

Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts)  Annie Kelly, British paedophiles target children in poor countries for online abuse This article looks at the NCA’s work investigating and prosecuting the estimated 80,000 UK nationals (just let that number sink in for a minute…) targeting children in poor and war-torn countries for cyber-assisted sexual abuse, including live streaming. Just [...]

What I’m reading this month: January 2019 edition

What I’m reading this month: January 2019 edition

Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Rema Hanna & Vestal McIntyre, New possibilities for cutting corruption in the public sector This short article deftly pulls together some recent experimental research on public service values and ‘corruptibility’ (including this research on Zambia, funded by DFID). While more research in a variety of contexts is clearly needed, the article [...]

New blog in Conversation Africa: What we found out about bribery patterns in Uganda’s health care system

New blog in Conversation Africa: What we found out about bribery patterns in Uganda’s health care system

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. What we found out about bribery patterns in Uganda's health care system Experts fear that Uganda’s efforts to eliminate graft in its health care system are not sustainable. Suuba Trust/FlickrHeather Marquette, University of Birmingham; Caryn Peiffer, University of Bristol, [...]

New policy brief out on Uganda, health & bribery

New policy brief out on Uganda, health & bribery

Want to learn more about how bribery for health services in Uganda reduced dramatically from 2011 to 2015? Have a look at this new policy brief about Uganda's health sector as a 'hidden' positive outlier in bribery reduction. Full paper here.      

Learning about the ‘mechanics of governance’ with DFID colleagues & researchers

Learning about the ‘mechanics of governance’ with DFID colleagues & researchers

This blog was originally published on the DFID Research blog and was called 'The machinery of government and the mechanics of governance: Findings from the Uganda Governance Evidence Week'. It was co-authored with DFID colleagues - Peter Evans, Alisha Patel and David Pedley. In October 2018, DFID Research and Evidence Division (RED) and DFID Uganda [...]

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

‘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, [...]

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

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 [...]