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Working with social norms to develop effective anti-corruption interventions

Claudia Baez CamargoClaudia Baez Camargo holds a PhD in political science from the University of Notre Dame, USA, and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Cambridge, England. She is Head of Governance Research at the Basel Institute on Governance/ University of Basel where she is responsible for the development, oversight, and management…

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Toward a more professional and ethical civil service in Nepal

Effective governance is essential for economic development. Civil servants that are motivated to work hard, serve the public interest, and refrain from engaging in corruption are the cornerstone of effective governance. Yet, even if it is widely accepted that the civil service is a critical area of public sector reform, we lack robust evidence on…

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Are top-down audits complements or substitutes to social audits?

Citizens in developing countries depend on the state to provide public services, either due to an absence of market provision or because of poverty (Afridi, 2017). Despite the importance of these services, some of the largest opportunities for corruption arise in public service delivery, e.g., in bribes from beneficiaries or procurement contracts. Leakages of funds…

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Realising the dream of Pan-African trade: Giving women voice in improving borders

For decades, improving pan-continental trade has been a critically important goal for African policymakers seeking to develop stronger economies and more collective global clout. On 30 May 2019, an ambitious African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement entered into force. In East Africa, Kenya and Uganda also have announced a new level of cooperation to facilitate…