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Corruption in fragile states

2-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.


Facilitated, expert-led course. Free of charge.

Engage in self-study, written assignments and group discussions in an online forum. Successful participants receive a certificate.


2 weeks.

This course is an intensive 2-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.


17-28 April 2023

There will be two interactive sessions:

  • Meet and greet: April 17th 1500 - 1530 CET
  • Concluding Interactive session: April 27th 1500 - 1700 CET

Who can apply

U4 online courses are primarily for U4 partner staff and their guests. Partner staff can sign up directly, see below.

We also accept applicants from NGOs and multilateral organisations who collaborate with the U4 partner agencies. If this applies to you, please ensure that you get a nomination from your contact person in the U4 partner agency sent by e-mail to . Please include your name, position, organisation, nationality, location and gender with a note on your professional background and why you think you can benefit from this course.

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.

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


Rachael Tufft
Senior Learning Technology Adviser