Abstract of the research proposal


Toward a more professional and ethical civil service in Nepal

Phase 1

Findings: Civil service management in developing countries: What works? Evidence from a survey with 23,000 civil servants in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America

Country Reports

Which civil service management practices are effective in reducing bureaucratic corruption? As part of Phase 1 of the Anti-Corruption Evidence research programme, the ‘Civil Service Reform and Anti-Corruption’ project shed light on this question through a survey of 23,000 civil servants in ten countries. Its findings show, among other things, that one common management practice – ethics training – does not correlate with lower corruption or more ethical behaviour of civil servants. In response, several governments have asked for guidance on how to design effective ethics training, and evidence on its effects. The extension will provide such evidence. It will survey corruption and (un)ethical behaviour of 1,200 civil servants in Nepal and Bangladesh over time, while providing them with a semester-long, state-of-the-art ethics training in a field experiment. The extension will thus build on the project’s survey findings on ethics training to provide more rigorous and detailed evidence on whether such training works and how to design it.

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To learn more about this project, contact Principal Investigator Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling at University of Nottingham, UK.

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