This brief summarises the lessons learned from a systematic literature review that explored the feasibility of adopting a behavioural approach to address petty corruption.
The findings point to the importance of developing messages that challenge conventional wisdom about the inevitability of corruption, emphasising the costs of corruption to the welfare of individuals as well as showcasing examples of successful detection and punishment of crimes of corruption. Accounting for prevailing social norms and beliefs is also key because otherwise anti-corruption interventions may disseminate concepts and promote actions that fail to deliver the desired messages to their intended beneficiaries.
This review is an output from the Strengthening Research Systems for Poverty Reduction in East Africa programme which is funded by the UK Department for International Development.
Claudia Baez Camargo. (May 2017). Can a Behavioural Approach Help Fight Corruption? Basel Institute on Governance Policy Brief No 1, 3p