18 Jan 2023
We are delighted to be working with The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance to further our understanding of how the informal rules that drive behavior (aka social norms) operate in highly formalized environments – like the security sector.
We are delighted to announce that we have begun working with The Geneva Centre for Security Sector Governance to further the anti-corruption field’s understanding of contextual factors, including social norms, leading to corrupt behavioural patterns that undermine security sector governance. Through this collaboration we will examine how social norms influence corrupt practices within some of the most formalized institutions -- the security sectors of Lebanon and Palestine. Understanding how the informal intersects with the formal command and control structure will contribute to a greater understanding of what drives corrupt practices and inhibits anti-corruption efforts within institutions.
The security sector comprises several entities with varying engagement in degree and type of corrupt practices. To narrow down the scope of the study, we will focus on determining the factors that hinder the implementation of codes of conduct, with a specific emphasis on corrupt patterns of behavior. The research will be focused on designated branches of the security sector within both Lebanon and Palestine.
This project builds on our ongoing work looking at how social norms interact within civil services as well as with our previous work in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and the Central African Republic.