CORRUPTION AS A SYSTEM

 

Integrating Systems Analysis into Anti-Corruption Programming

OUR APPROACH

The Corruption as a System Project offers technical assistance to implementers and donors as they integrate corruption analysis into their program development or evaluation processes. 

 

This methodology is derived from causal loop mapping, as it more accurately reflects systemic dynamics of corruption in these contexts.

Our approach was tested through original research in the criminal justice sectors in the Central African Republic, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It ultimately creates actionable analyses that enable policymakers and practitioners to identify leverage points, develop strategic collaborations, test theories of change, and avoid unintentional harm.

 
OUR COLLABORATIONS
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​In early 2015, CJL (when housed at CDA) partnered with RCN Justice & Démocratie to develop a detailed theory of change focusing on the interconnectedness of the corruption system in the DRC. This project theory, rather than addressing specific individual transactions (e.g., paying a bribe to traffic police) focused on better understanding relationships. In August 2015, the one-year anti-corruption pilot project was launched in Lubumbashi and titled “Kuleta Haki” in Swahili, meaning “Provide Justice.”

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CJL will be developing course material on systems thinking, stakeholder analysis and theories of change as part of the IACA’s new collective action and corruption certificate. The certificate is comprised of two modules and participants are expected to implement a one year project to complete the certificate. 

 

The modules cover fundamentals of anti-corruption studies, collective action theory, the role of collaboration in anti-corruption, corruption assessment, project management methodology, and others. The certificate is intended for experienced anti-corruption practitioners who have institutional support to implement a collective action program.

 
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PUBLICATIONS
Using Systems Thinking to Understand and Address Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Fragile States

Using Systems Thinking to Understand and Address Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Fragile States

May, 2019

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Diana Chigas

Understanding Corruption in Criminal Justice as a Robust and Resilient System

Understanding Corruption in Criminal Justice as a Robust and Resilient System

December, 2017

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church

Facilitation in the Criminal Justice System

Facilitation in the Criminal Justice System

September, 2016

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Diana Chigas

With assistance from Saskia Brechenmacher, Teddy Atim, Juliet H. Hatanga, Sophia Dawkins

Collective Action Against Corruption in the Criminal Justice System

Collective Action Against Corruption in the Criminal Justice System

December, 2017

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, Kiely Barnard-Webster, Peter Woodrow

Pity the Man Who Is Alone: Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Bangui, Central African Republic

Pity the Man Who Is Alone: Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Bangui, Central African Republic

September, 2017

By Ladislas de Coster, Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, Kiely Barnard-Webster; with the support of Kessy Martine Ekomo-Soignet, Peter Woodrow, and Arsène Sende

Taking the Blinders Off: Questioning How Development Assistance is Used to Combat Corruption

Taking the Blinders Off: Questioning How Development Assistance is Used to Combat Corruption

June, 2016

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Diana Chigas

Rapport Final: Revue Transitionnelle du Programme Kuleta Haki

Rapport Final: Revue Transitionnelle du Programme Kuleta Haki

December, 2017

By Aude Le Goff, Liliane Bitong and Hélène Morvan

“Justice Without Corruption, It’s Possible – I’m Committed”

“Justice Without Corruption, It’s Possible – I’m Committed”

January, 2017

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, Kiely Barnard-Webster, Sandra Sjogren, and Noel Twagiramungu

Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy

Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy

June, 2016

By Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church