Fragile States

Learn what can be done to address corruption in efforts to rebuild post-conflict states and in fragile situations.

Fragile states’ weak institutions and policies, in combination with high volumes of aid, make them highly vulnerable to corruption. Citizens of these states suffer the consequences of diverted aid flows, while the destabilising effects of corruption can potentially trigger conflict or a return to conflict. Corruption must especially be addressed in these challenging contexts to support statebuilding.

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Tiri Testimonies – Reconstruction in Sierra Leone

This video is part of Tiri Testimonies and focus on interviews with social accountability workers on monitoring road reconstruction. Tiri -- Making Integrity Work -- is an independent, international non-governmental organisation, registered as a charity in the UK.
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Author: Galtung, F and Tisne, M
Release date: October 2009

A New Approach to Postwar Reconstruction

In countries emerging from war, the immediate post-war period rarely lives up to the hopes of the citizens or the international community. An upsurge in corruption and a lack of accountability, which frequently become entrenched during this time, can erode trust in democracy and its institutions, thereby eating away at the legitimacy of the postwar state. The authors argue that an anticorruption approach that builds on local resources and competencies in distinctive ways and that emphasizes local accountability such as citizen-based monitoring is more likely to succeed in stemming corruption as well as increase participation and trust in the reconstruction process.

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Author: OECD
Release date: August 2009

Integrity in statebuilding: Anti-corruption with a statebuilding lens

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ACTT requested a background paper to identify the opportunities, challenges and constraints for addressing corruption 
in fragile states. Its brief was also to explore the complementarities between the international community’s current 
approaches towards both statebuilding and fighting corruption in fragile states. This study draws on the experience of 
donors’ attempts to tackle corruption in fragile state situations, and relevant lessons learnt in related areas.

This study identifies the opportunities, challenges and constraints for addressing corruption in fragile states. It also explores the complementarities between the international community’s current approaches towards both statebuilding and fighting corruption in fragile states. This study draws on the experience of donors’ attempts to tackle corruption in fragile state situations, and relevant lessons learnt in related areas.

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