Qualitative Action Experiment tackles professional integrity in the Zambian planning sector

A version of this blog was originally published on the African Centre for Cities website and GI-ACE From 8 to 10 October 2019, the Cities of Integrity project – in partnership with the Centre for Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Zambia and the Zambia Institute of Planners (ZIP) – conducted a Qualitative Action…

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Harnessing Informality (Pt. 2): What could a network intervention to tackle anti-corruption look like?

Originally Published on GI-ACE In the first “Harnessing Informality” blog,  I explained the background stemming from the findings of our previous research, which explained how we found that informal social networks can be part of the explanation for why corruption seems to be so resilient. In our current follow-on project, we are exploring how this knowledge about…

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From whistleblowing to community monitoring on East African borders

Originally published on GI-ACE Corruption, both petty and grand in scale, is a well-known problem facing traders crossing East Africa’s borders. It shows up in survey after survey and, like corruption more generally in the region, deeply affects the poor and is often gendered. This is hardly surprising. The 2019 Global Corruption Monitor results show the majority of African citizens surveyed from…

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African anti-corruption agencies and the problem of independence

Originally published on GI-ACE Anti-corruption law enforcement in Africa is facing multiple challenges, ranging from a lack of resources to the difficulty of producing evidence that holds up in court. This blog post focuses on one aspect of anti-corruption law enforcement that has proven to be particularly challenging: the independence of most African anti-corruption agencies. Originally deemed…

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Moving beyond transparency: Unfinished business in open data for anti-corruption

Originally published on Open Data Charter Corruption is a structural issue, depriving citizens of funding for essential services and limiting wealth creation opportunities, while damaging the trust, legitimacy, and effectiveness of public institutions. Tackling corruption requires coordinated efforts, including political will, legal frameworks, and accountable institutions. Opening up critical data can be a powerful tool…

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Penguin and Nigerian Currency

Statistical challenges and ‘cash for penguins’

Originally published on GI-ACE Across a range of macroeconomic measures, the years of 2015 and 2016 brought on marked changes in Nigeria’s public, political, and economic arenas. We focus on these years because more recent data is harder to locate. Observers familiar with the country will know that gross domestic product (and government fiscal revenue)…

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