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Addressing Transparency and Accountability Among Local Authorities: Lessons from an Academic-Practitioner Collaboration

Corruption as a System

By Diana Chigas, Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church, Freddy Sahinguvu, Katie Whipkey


How can international and local non-governmental practitioners engage with local authorities to help overcome challenges to transparent and accountable local governance? This brief summarizes lessons from a collaborative learning effort between the Corruption, Justice and Legitimacy Program (CJL) of the Fletcher School (Tufts University), CARE Netherlands, CARE International Switzerland in Sudan, CARE Rwanda, CARE Burundi, and The Hague Academy for Local Governance (THA) on how to engage with local authorities to address social norms that may drive problematic behavior related to transparency and accountability – especially information sharing and accountability by local authorities needed for meaningful inclusion of and responsiveness to marginalized groups in communities.

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