Collaborative event discussing 'Corruption and development'

Research findings on corruption were presented to a public gathering in London in June by two DLP team members, Deputy Director David Hudson and Senior Research Fellow Alina Rocha Menocal.

The collaborative event, Corruption and development: What do we know, what works and why should we care?, brought together a wide range of speakers and participants from the fields of research, policymaking, practice, advocacy and the media.

DFID Evidence Paper cover Its aim was to consider how international development actors might tackle corruption more effectively. Alina, on secondment to DLP from the Overseas Development Institute, discussed what the literature has to say about what we know about corruption and what works in tackling it. David presented preliminary findings of research on public attitudes in donor countries to corruption

The day’s discussions drew heavily on an Evidence Paper published by the UK Department for International Development and written by a team led by Alina while she was at the Overseas Development Institute, and by Nils Taxell at U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre.

The event was hosted by UCL’s Global Governance Institute in association with ANTICORRP, DLP, ODI, Transparency International and U4, with support from the University of Birmingham.

A series of opinion pieces on corruption was published by DLP in the week before the event. Heather Marquette considered the lack of evidence on whether direct anti-corruption programmes are effective; Nieves Zúñiga and Paul Heywood of the University of Nottingham discussed how beliefs and values shape social attitudes towards corruption – an issue they are researching as part of the EU’s ANTICORRP project.

For reflections on the event, see Duncan Green's The C Word: How should the aid business think and act about Corruption? and Imogen Mathers (SciDev.net): Fighting the many-headed hydra of corruption.

A SciDev.net podcast of an interview with Alina, The hidden faces of corruption, is available below.

 

Image: A corruption complaint box in India (Michael Goodine, Flickr)

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