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Research Article Corruption and the MDGs
In 2000 more than 180 countries committed to a set of highly visible development priorities to be achieved by 2015. Known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) these eight priorities cover a broad range of critical development issues ranging from poverty reduction, health and education to gender equality, access to clean water and environmental sustainability. By setting numerical targets for related indicators, the MDGs have evolved into a galvanising point for development research to identify the critical conditions and drivers that shape progress, or the lack thereof for specific development goals. This research agenda is more urgent and important than ever. With five years to go to the 2015 target date, progress reports indicate that achievements in many areas are not on-track and the world community is likely to fall short of its commitments.
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Research Article Randomised Control Trials
The best intended social policies can have no or even negative effects if large portions of the resources are syphoned off. While we seem to approach a consensus that reducing leakage, defined as both corruption and misuse of resources, is a priority in achieving social policy objectives, relatively little is known on the how. A new approach to answering questions in social policy is taking hold across the field of international development – randomised control trials (RCTs). Borrowed from medical trials for new drugs, RCTs are considered the most rigorous methodology available for estimating the real impact of an intervention. RCTs can help us to understand what kind of programs work best in tackling corruption.
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Research Article ACRN Blog: Audits and Anti-Corruption
In this blog post, ACRN Contributing Editor Paul Lagunes takes an in-depth look at auditing as a monitoring mechanism. He surveys the evidence thus far on the effectiveness of auditing as an anti-corruption tool and finds that while there is some data to suggest that audits can lead to the reduction of corruption, much more work is needed to understand the particular conditions under which audits are most effective.
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Research Article Blog: Cracking the Myth of Petty Bribery
In this thought-provoking paper Eduardo Bohorquez and Deniz Devrim take a closer look at the concept of “petty bribery”. Using concrete evidence from Mexico they demonstrate that the impact of this type of corruption is anything but “petty” – it deprives individual citizens of their right to basic services such as health, education or water and exacts huge (monetary and non-monetary) tolls on the development of communities. At the same time, the use of the term “petty” signals an unwillingness to acknowledge the significance of this problem by policy makers.
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Research Article New issue of the ACRN Quarterly!
Do you want to find out about the latest in corruption research? Check out the new issue of our Anti-Corruption Research Network Quarterly .
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Resources and Trainings Global Infrastructure Anti-Corruption Centre free online anti-corruption training module
This module can be used by individuals and also by professional institutions and organisations as part of their formal training for their members and employees.
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DataSet Failed State Index
The Failed State Index analyses literature and datasets according to a framework developed to build conflict assessments and vulnerability to conflict at country level. The index is based on the use of 12 indicators around areas of social indicators, refugees, group grievance, human flight, economic indicators, economic decline, political indicators, public services, human rights, security apparatus, factionalised elites, and external intervention.
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DataSet Global Corruption Barometer
With more than 91,500 respondents drawn from 86 countries and territories around the world, Transparency International’s 2010 GCB, released on 9 December 2010, finds the poor to be disproportionately burdened by bribe demands. For most people around the world, political parties, the civil service, parliaments and the police are the institutions perceived to be more affected by corruption. One out of two people interviewed consider their government’s actions to fight corruption to be ineffective, yet, there is a general belief that citizens can make a difference. Most people are willing to report a corrupt act when it occurs
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DataSet application/x-troff-ms Corruption in Afghanistan: Bribery as reported by the victims
This report is based on results from a sample survey conducted in rural and urban areas of Afghanistan. The survey covered 12 provincial capitals and more than 1,600 villages across the country: overall more than 7,600 people were randomly selected and interviewed. The survey was conducted between August and October 2009 and it recorded the real experiences, as reported by respondents, in terms of bribes paid and contacts with public officials in the 12 months before the survey.
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DataSet The Rule of Law Index, 2011
The Rule of Law Index is a quantitative assessment tool designed to offer a comprehensive picture of the extent to which countries adhere to the rule of law. The Index presents a comprehensive set of indicators on the rule of law from the perspective of the ordinary person. It examines practical situations in which a rule of law deficit may affect the daily lives of ordinary people. For example, it evaluates whether citizens can access public services without the need to bribe a government officer. The Index provides new data on the following nine dimensions of the rule of law: limited government powers, absence of corruption, order and security, fundamental rights, open government, effective regulatory enforcement, access to civil justice, effective criminal justice, informal justice.
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