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Corruption in fragile and conflict-affected states

3-week, expert-led course. Understand why and how approaches to anti-corruption in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS) require tailored and alternative approaches. This course is designed for development practitioners, public officials, and civil society activists working across all development sectors who work in or are preparing to work in FCAS.
Corruption in fragile and conflict-affected states


Facilitated, expert-led course. Free of charge.

Engage in self-study, live interactive classroom sessions and group discussions in an online forum. Successful participants receive a certificate.


3 weeks.

This course is an intensive 3-week course. Participants will need 6-7 hours per week to review the material, contribute to discussions, and complete a short assignment. Support from U4 advisers and affiliated experts is available.


15 January – 9 February 2024

Who can apply

This U4 course has limited spaces and is primarily for U4 partner staff and their guests. If you are a guest please ensure that you get a nomination from your contact person in the U4 partner agency and indicate this when completing your registration form.

We also accept applicants from NGOs and multilateral organisations who collaborate with the U4 partner agencies.

We regret that we cannot accommodate applicants who have no direct relevance to the U4 partners' work.

Course prerequisites

Some prior knowledge of anti-corruption is essential. In order to ensure a shared basic knowledge of definitions, terminology and concepts of corruption and anti-corruption, prospective participants must complete our self-paced Essentials of Anti-Corruption I module before they can take this course. Essentials of Anti-Corruption II: Development Programming is also recommended, but not required.

Course experts

This course will be facilitated by leading international experts Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church and Diana Chigas, as well as U4's David Jackson.

What you'll learn

This course focuses on why and how corruption could be addressed in programming in fragile and conflict-affected states (FCAS).

On course completion you are convinced that fragility, conflict and corruption need to be approached cohesively. You are able to persuasively explain how corruption manifests in FCAS and the implications this has on conflict and programming. You understand why and how anti-corruption needs to be adapted in fragile and conflict-affected states.

The course covers:

  • Situating endemic corruption within FCAS
  • The relationships between corruption, fragility and conflict
  • The multiplicity of ways corruption within programming undermines aid success & exacerbates FCAS
  • How corruption in the operating environment undermines aid success & exacerbates fragility and conflict
  • Responding to corruption in FCAS:Analysing the context
  • Responding to corruption in the context through programming: Expanding the repertoire and developing a robust theory of change


David Jackson
David Jackson
Senior Adviser


Rachael Tufft
Rachael Tufft
Senior Learning Technology Adviser