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 … Continue reading What I’m reading this month: May 2019 version

What I’m reading this month: November 2018 edition

Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Guardian, Teenagers around the world share their fears and dreams This is an uplifting, fascinating way to spend a few minutes, even if some of the kids featured face real challenges in their lives (including the ones from the UK and other ‘rich’ countries). I have a 14 year old and … Continue reading What I’m reading this month: November 2018 edition

What I’m reading this month: March 2019 edition

 Tube journeys (blogs/policy briefs/podcasts) Kanisha D Bond et al, The West needs to take the politics of women in ISIS seriously On the back of controversy here in the UK surrounding the decision to strip 19-year old Shamima Begum of her citizenship, this article argues that narratives about women and conflict can strip women of … Continue reading What I’m reading this month: March 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 … Continue reading What I’m reading this month: January 2019 edition

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

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

Why I do research on corruption & integrity, in two photos

Photo #1: Body Shop advert, circa 1997/1998 I cut this ad out of a magazine when I was doing my PhD back in the late 1990s. Both JFK and RFK were heroes for my parents, but the reason I was drawn to this was for the text rather than just the subject. You make the … Continue reading Why I do research on corruption & integrity, in two photos

‘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, … Continue reading ‘Hidden’ positive outliers on bribery: first papers on Uganda & South Africa

Bags of gold as an anti-corruption strategy?

My colleague, Laurence Cooley, and I have just finished a book chapter on 'Corruption and Post-Conflict Reconstruction' for a forthcoming collection, and we wanted to compare three cases to see if any specific lessons can be drawn about what worked, what didn't and why. We chose Bad, Worse and Rock Bottom as our cases - … Continue reading Bags of gold as an anti-corruption strategy?