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Making Anti-Corruption Effective

Investigate the challenges in the fight against corruption and learn how to develop more effective anti-corruption strategies.

2,121 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    5 hours
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade


Explore the consequences of corruption

Corruption harms economic development and social justice, but current anti-corruption strategies have delivered very limited results. One reason is that corruption takes many forms, and each requires a different response.

On this course, you’ll develop an understanding of corruption through theory and evidence. You’ll look at the social and economic consequences, as well as the types of corruption for a rounded view of its causes and effects.

Assess current strategies and why many of them fail

Existing anti-corruption strategies are based on transparency and accountability, assuming that organisations will provide information and support openly and honestly. Unfortunately, this often isn’t the case.

You’ll investigate the logic behind these strategies and assess the evidence of their limited success. This will help you to explain why new approaches are needed to effectively fight corruption.

Discover an alternative approach to more effective anti-corruption policy

Using examples of an alternative research and policy framework for new anti-corruption strategies, you’ll discover how corruption has been reduced in developing countries.

Combining your knowledge of current strategies and new approaches, you’ll develop an effective anti-corruption strategy that can create the conditions for a better transition to lower corruption.

Learn from anti-corruption specialists at SOAS University of London

The Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium is a global partnership led by Professor Mushtaq Khan at SOAS University of London.

Taking an innovative approach to anti-corruption, ACE generates evidence through over 30 research projects in 13 countries to help promote better strategies to tackle corruption, and so is uniquely positioned to lead this anti-corruption course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Corruption and its effects: theory and evidence
  • The drivers of different types of corruption
  • The logic underpinning standard anti-corruption strategies based on transparency and accountability
  • The evidence of their limited success and an explanation
  • An alternative research and policy framework for feasible anti-corruption strategies based on finding solutions where enforcement is supported by the self-interest of directly affected actors who are sufficiently powerful
  • Evidence-based examples of the new approach and how research and policy can use this framework to make anti-corruption more effective.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of corruption and the social and economic consequences of corruption
  • Evaluate different types of anti-corruption strategies and why many of them fail
  • Explore the concepts of rents and political settlement analysis
  • Produce an effective sectoral anti-corruption strategy grounded in an analysis of feasibility and impact

Who is the course for?

This course has been designed for anyone interested in learning more about corruption and how to create anti-corruption strategies.

It will be of specific interest to development practitioners and policymakers, helping to design and generate evidence for effective anti-corruption policies.

Who will you learn with?

Mushtaq Khan is a Professor of Economics at SOAS University of London, and Chief Executive Director of the FCDO (UK government)-funded Anti-Corruption Evidence Research Consortium.

Pallavi is a Reader (associate professor) in political economy at SOAS University of London and Research Director of the FCDO funded (UK government) Anti-Corruption Evidence programme.

Programme Manager for SOAS Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) programme. Duncan is a consultant, facilitator, practitioner and researcher with over twenty years experience in development.

Who developed the course?

SOAS University of London

SOAS, University of London is the only Higher Education institution in Europe specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East.

What's included?

SOAS University of London are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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