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… Read More What I’m reading this month: July 2019 edition
In keeping with our new tradition, I did a ‘Friday Thread’ on some of the work I’ve been doing for DFID, beginning to think through what a research offer on SOC might look like. It’s early days, with a lot more work to be done, and this thread shares some of this thinking. LOOK BOTH… Read More Bringing serious & organised crime into development research
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… Read More What I’m reading this month: June 2019 edition
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/Flickr Heather Marquette, University of Birmingham; Caryn Peiffer, University of… Read More New blog in Conversation Africa: What we found out about bribery patterns in Uganda’s health care system
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.
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… Read More Learning about the ‘mechanics of governance’ with DFID colleagues & researchers
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… Read More Why I do research on corruption & integrity, in two photos
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