The Practitioners’ Gathering “Civil Servants, Social Norms, and Corruption: What do we know and what do we do?

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10 May 2022

The CJL team got together with practitioners from across the globe who are using social norms-based approaches to address corruption among civil servants on May 10.

On May 10, 2022, the Corruption, Justice, and Legitimacy Program (CJL) team got together with practitioners from across the globe who are using social norms-based approaches to address corruption among civil servants. The gathering sought to bridge theory and practice by sharing some of the findings from our literature review on how social norms can drive corruption among civil servants and hear from practitioners on their experience attempting to address these social norms.  The discussion yielded lessons learned as well as actional advice for other practitioners working on these issues.  Thank you to all who joined and shared your experience with us! Stay tuned for key takeaways from this discussion and for our report on what this means for practitioners.

At CJL, we remain convinced of the value in encouraging exchanges over nascent but growing areas of anti-corruption practice, such as work to understand how social norms can influence corrupt behaviors and also be entry points for anti-corruption work. Keep an eye out for future Thinking Together gatherings over the next several months on related topics, and subscribe to our Corruption in Fragile States Blog and LinkedIn community to keep up to date on our work. If you’d like to be included in future events, please contact us!

Together, we keep moving forward.