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please, criticize me! (why anticorruption practitioners should scrutinize and challenge research methodology)

Although this guest post for the Global Anticorruption Blog is not formally part 4 in a series on Corruption among development NGOs, conceptually it certainly is part of it. For the background of this series, see part 1. The original of this … Continue reading

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corruption among development NGOs, part 3 – the need for collective action by funding agencies

For the background of this series, see part 1. The original of this post can be found here. The full reports can be accessed on my publications page. The previous post of the series can be accessed here. the need for collective action … Continue reading

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corruption among development NGOs, Part 2–the hot potato of upward accountability

For the background of this series, see part 1. The original of this post can be found here. The full reports can be accessed on my publications page. The third of the series can be accessed here. the hot potato of upward accountability … Continue reading

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corruption among development NGOs, Part 1–Getting the Facts

I have been conducting  policy research on NGO governance and problematic financial management in the Cambodian NGO sector since late 2014. It’s an ongoing involvement. The material costs have been covered by the grantmaker that commissioned it, but given my board membership … Continue reading

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Egypt, energy, corruption and realpolitik

Today, the Arabist promotes this Al Jazeera documentary as a must watch. I did and I fully agree. Anyone interested in Egypt and the Middle East will find it extremely interesting. I would even argue that it’s importance transcends the … Continue reading

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the sochi canvas

I’m not particularly interested in the winter olympics, never was actually. But it’s near impossible to avoid them if one is a regular newspaper reader. So I pick up the occasional morcel that sticks out. For those interested in a … Continue reading

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Corrupt, corrupter, corruptest

I’m known to have a fancy for corruption. Click corruption in the list of key words (right column) and you’ll see. Al Jazeera just published an article by Jason Hickel that nicely summarizes the many threads of my own musings, … Continue reading

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Egyptian retail corruption as a sign of the times?

Our pattern-seeking species is very good at confusing correlation with causality. Brian Clegg‘s Dice World That I just read on my travel from Cairo to Nijmegen says some memorable things about that. We actually go way beyond correlation as a basis … Continue reading

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visualizing corruption

The recent  release by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists  of more than 120,000 offshore companies and trusts, that expose hidden dealings of politicians, con men and the mega-rich the world over connects so many of my fancies that I cannot let … Continue reading

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all corruption is petty

One of the things that keeps amazing me is how cost-effective corruption is for those who want to buy political favors. It costs peanuts! Analysts differentiate between petty corruption, the third world official fleecing his customer for small change, the … Continue reading

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everyone except us

What is it with professionals and looking at behavior through the incentives lens? Very popular lens, since micro-economics has taken over the social sciences. Which is already quite a while. Incentives talk is now all over the place. It has … Continue reading

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who is top dog: government or business?

Yes, not a good question. The ways of the world are a bit too complex for such a binary perspective to make sense. But obviously the issue of  the continuously changing relationship between public and private power is certainly core to … Continue reading

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how the US is like Indonesia

However much judgement might be in the eye of the beholder we still tend to agree on lots of things. Social beings that we are that agreement is as important as the facts. Some argue, more important, or even all … Continue reading

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corruption

One of my fancies is corruption. I come from a country that’s scored as being very clean by Transparency international (in 2011: 8.9 on a scale of 10) and then moved to places like Cambodia (2.1) and Nepal (2.2). Corruption … Continue reading

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