Donor agencies seem to be stuck in a failing model for tackling corruption. Why don’t they change? A new U4 Issue argues that the problem lies as much in how donors work as it is does in what they are trying to do. It suggests pathways to address this. Key ideas are the need to recognise the political dimensions of corruption; the need to coordinate better; and the importance of recognising and confronting the internal contradictions of donors’ own practices.

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