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Journal Article | forthcoming 2021

Understanding the resource curse: A large-scale experiment on corruption in Tanzania

Corruption is considered an important driver of the resource curse in developing countries. Based on a large-scale field experiment in Tanzania, this paper studies how the salience of future natural...
Alexander Cappelen, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Donald Mmari, Ingrid Hoem Sjursen and Bertil Tungodden (2021)
in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Journal Article | Jan 2021

Legal Mobilization to Protect Women against Rape in Islamist Sudan

A popular uprising recently ousted Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist cronies from power after having ruled Sudan with an iron fist since 1989. Sexual abuse and torture orchestrated by the...
Liv Tønnessen and Samia al-Nagar (2021)
in Cahiers d'études africaines
CMI Report | 2020

Household wellbeing and coping strategies in Africa during COVID-19 – Findings from high frequency phone surveys

This report provides data on household wellbeing in countries in sub-Saharan Africa following the Covid-19 pandemic. The focus is on employment and income, food security, and coping mechanisms, and on access to education...
Carlo Koos, Peter Hangoma, Ottar Mæstad (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Report 2020:4) 32 p.
U4 Brief | 2020

The conservation-corruption conundrum: Understanding everyday relationships between rangers and communities

Rangers are at the frontline of biodiversity conservation and are perhaps the only actors that bridge the human-nature divide through their work in protecting charismatic species and engaging with local...
Anwesha Dutta (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2020:15)
Newspaper Op-Ed | 2020

Er norsk bistand rigga for støtte til sårbare statar? Lærdommar frå Somalia

The article (in Norwegian) discusses strategy, communuication and management in Norwegian development aid to fragile states based on leesons from the support provided to Somalia
Elling N. Tjønneland (2020)
Bistandsaktuelt 25 November 2020
CMI Working Paper | 2020

Comparing legal activism in Zimbabwe and Zambia

Battles over democracy are manifested in contestations over legal frameworks and within judicial institutions. Lawfare refers to the strategic use of law and legal institutions by actors in civil and...
O'Brien Kaaba, Marja Hinfelaar, Tony Zhou (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI Working Paper WP 2020:5) 30 p.
Journal Article | 2020

European colonization and the corruption of local elites: the case of chiefs in Africa

The association between British colonial rule and lower levels of corruption is often emphasized in legal origins literature (La Porta et al., 2008). However, given the historical context of Africa, we hypothesize...
Merima Ali, Odd-Helge Fjeldstad and Abdulaziz Shifa (2020)
in Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization vol. 179 pp. 80-100
U4 Brief | 2020

Corruption and climate finance. Implications for climate change interventions

With vast sums being invested in interventions to mitigate climate change and help adapt to its consequences, corruption within climate finance threatens the global achievement of these goals. The countries...
Michael Nest, Saul Mullard, Cecilie Wathne (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2020:14)
U4 Issue | 2020

Pemberantasan korupsi di sektor kehutanan. Pelajaran dari kasus KPK

Komisi Pemberantasan Korupsi Indonesia telah berhasil mengadili lebih dari 600 terdakwa kasus korupsi sejak 2004, namun hanya sekitar 5% dari terdakwa yang dituntut atas pelanggaran terkait sektor kehutanan. Pemerintah Indonesia...
Sofie Arjon Schütte, Laode M. Syarif (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2020:17)
U4 Issue | 2020

Tackling forestry corruption in Indonesia. Lessons from KPK prosecutions

The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission has successfully prosecuted more than 600 defendants in corruption cases since 2004, but only about 5% of these defendants were charged for offences related to...
Sofie Arjon Schütte, Laode M. Syarif (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2020:15)
U4 Issue | 2020

Downward accountability in humanitarian aid. The example of UNHCR Uganda

If aid organisations are accountable to their beneficiaries, there is potentially less risk of corruption. Interventions may also be more efficient and effective with accountability measures in place. Here researchers...
Sophie Komujuni, Saul Mullard (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2020:18)
Book Review | 2020

Khalid Sekkat. Is Corruption Curable?

David Jackson (2020)
in Public Anthropoligist vol. 2 no. 2
Journal Article | 2020

Corruption and Anti-Corruption in Environmental and Resource Management

Corruption significantly affects the large majority of countries, and it has negative social and economic impacts. Its impacts on environmental and resource management (ERM) sectors are less well understood. We...
Luca Tacconi, David Aled Williams (2020)
in Annual Review of Environment and Resources vol. 45
Book Chapter | 2020

Corruption in customs: How can it be tackled?

This chapter examines recent experiences in combating corruption in customs administration in developing countries. There is no lack of measures, norms, standards or ‘best practices’ to address corruption. Although development...
Odd-Helge Fjeldstad, Ernani Checcucci Filho and Gaël Raballand (2020)
in World Bank (2020): Enhancing Government Effectiveness and Transparency: The Fight Against Corruption. Washington D.C.
U4 Issue | 2020

How change happens in anti-corruption. A map of policy perspectives

New thinking around strengthening anti-corruption approaches has focused on questions of agency, that is, who and what is most likely to bring about sustainable reductions in corruption. Five perspectives to...
David Jackson (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2020:14)
U4 Brief | 2020

Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in a context of nationalist oligarchy: Lessons from Indonesia

Aled Williams (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2020:13)
U4 Practitioner Experience Note | 2020

Twenty years with anti-corruption. Part 9. The UK’s changing anti-corruption landscape – new energy, new horizons

Between 2013 and 2018, the UK made unusually rapid progress in improving instruments to address corruption. These advances included legal reforms, such as establishing beneficial ownership registers, Deferred Prosecution Agreements,...
Phil Mason OBE (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Practitioner Experience Note 2020:9)
U4 Practitioner Experience Note | 2020

Twenty years with anti-corruption. Part 10. Keeping the vision alive: new methods, new ambitions

The last 20 years has seen a solid international architecture established to fight corruption. However, the pace of progress has slowed in recent years. Two critical problems are that the...
Phil Mason OBE (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Practitioner Experience Note 2020:10)
U4 Issue | 2020

Corrupt networks in the Indonesian forestry sector. Politics and pulp in Pelalawan, Riau

In Indonesia, the persistence of illegal logging has long been attributed to corrupt networks involving powerful brokers, private sector entrepreneurs, and local political heads. But how do these networks function,...
Jacqui Baker (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2020:12)
U4 Issue | 2020

Corrupt networks in the Indonesian forestry sector. Politics and pulp in Pelalawan, Riau

In Indonesia, the persistence of illegal logging has long been attributed to corrupt networks involving powerful brokers, private sector entrepreneurs, and local political heads. But how do these networks function,...
Jacqui Baker (2020)
Bergen: Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Issue 2020:12)