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Anti-corruption and integrity training: learning how to resist corruption

More effective training is pivotal to a collective strategy against corruption, yet our understanding of its efficacy remains incomplete. Proof of concept affirming the impact of such training is well substantiated, and cutting-edge metrics are available for gauging the effectiveness of specific programmes. Furthermore, a plethora of innovative methodologies can be used to augment their efficacy. Collectively, these advances create a conducive environment for rigorous experimentation and systematic learning aimed at optimising the role of integrity training within the anti-corruption toolkit.

3 December 2023
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Anti-corruption and integrity training: learning how to resist corruption

Main points

  • Integrity training plays an essential role in a collective response to corruption. Evidence shows that such training can be very effective, but what type of training works best under what circumstances is a question that remains underexplored.
  • Contrary to received wisdom, it is possible to measure the effectiveness and diverse impacts of training. New tools and approaches are available.
  • Embedding training more systematically into efforts to build sustainable peer-support networks offers novel opportunities for impact.
  • Learning from experiences in other fields and focussing on strategies for individual and collective empowerment opens up new spaces for inspiration and experimentation.
  • A stronger, differentiated focus on gender needs to permeate training design and implementation as well as research and learning.

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Zinnbauer, D.; (2023) Anti-corruption and integrity training: learning how to resist corruption. Bergen: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute (U4 Brief 2023:3)

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About the author

Dieter Zinnbauer

Dr. Dieter Zinnbauer is a research fellow at Copenhagen Business School. He has more than 25 years of experience in governance analysis, training, and strategy advice for intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations, think tanks, and academic institutions.


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