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Strengthening Rule of Law Approaches to Address Organized Crime: Social Norms

Social Norms and Corruption

By Diana Chigas and Phyllis Dininio


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Management Systems International (MSI) are hosting a series of round-table discussions to better understand key dynamics between rule of law (ROL) and organized crime. The third roundtable, in June 2019, examined lessons learned on social norm change related to organized crime. It brought together about 30 participants from USAID, the interagency, donors, research organizations, and implementing partners. This white paper captures key points from the discussion.

This paper includes a discussion of what social norms are, how they fit into a wider behavioral change framework, and presents broad approaches and tools to change social norms that could apply to organized crime. It concludes with some insights from both research and practice.

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