14 Nov

Think the Internet is a force for good? – Not Always!

  Credit to: Nicholas Sorak  of the University of Gothenburg Back when Google was unrecognizable and when Facebook didn’t exist (or dominate our lives so much) and when coding was mainly just a hobby for enthusiasts – many who were involved in the early stages of the internet were drawn to its unquestionable potential. It […]

26 Oct

Bribe Busters: Educating the Next Generation of Anti-Corruption Leaders

Children are particularly vulnerable to the social and economic consequences of corruption. Bribery can deprive children of access to basic services, including education and healthcare, and can threaten their security. Countries that score highly on corruption indices such as the TRACE Matrix point to a set of societal conditions that place children at a particular […]

5 Oct

Do We Need Democracy To Deal With Corruption?

Credit to: Nan Zhang of the University of Gothenburg Do We Need Democracy To Deal With Corruption? We’ve heard it all before right – a strongman rises to power on claims that they will deal with corruption – that democracy with its flaws leads to the flourishing of corruption, as influence and power can be […]

28 Sep

Widespread protest marches took place against corruption in South Africa

Trade union confederation says time has come for ‘workers and voters to stand up and block ‘this rot’. Thousands of workers marched in cities across South Africa to stand up against state capture and corruption. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), say the strike on Wednesday is basically a protest against endemic corruption […]

20 Sep

Does Corruption drive more or less people to the ballot box? It’s not that simple.. sadly!

Credit to: Andreas Bågenholm, Stefan Dahlberg & Maria Solevid of the University of Gothenburg It’s been a chaotic year for elections, with the micro-state of Liechtenstein taking us of with their presidential election back on the 5th of February, we’ve so far seen elections within the UK, France &South Korea and will see elections further […]

29 Aug

Having Trouble Removing Corrupt Politicians & Parties? – A Novel Reason May Explain Why.

Credit to: Andreas Bågenholm & Nocholas Charron of the University of Gothenburg We are all too familiar with the situation, a politician is engaged or has been engaged in a corruption scandal and an election is on the horizon – you hope and pray that this is the time for the electorate to teach them a […]

25 May

The Reconciliation Bill is the Tunisian Government’s Failure to Fight Corruption

It has been almost two years since the Manish Msemah (I will Not Forgive) campaign took to the streets to protest what is known today in Tunisia as an example of the government’s failure to stand against corruption.  This example is displayed in the “Reconciliation Bill”, a bill that has ignited criticism and protests ever […]

12 Apr

Daily Corruption: News Feed & Database project

The Daily Corruption: News Feed & Database project is an effort to build a constantly updated web database of corruption and anti-corruption news from countries around the world. It involves the indexing, quantification, and statistical analysis of daily national news as inputted into the system by local partners, and monitored by international experts to ensure […]

1 Apr

Protests in an Age of Distrust in Africa

In recent years, Africa has again become a theatre of protest. Whereas the surge of protests in the 1980s and 1990s were largely focussed on advancing democracy in autocratic governments, this new wave is different. The recent uprisings have largely been overt demands from the public for greater scrutiny of the internal affairs of their […]

27 Mar

Writing a European Citizens’ Constitution; Could we ask for more transparency in the EU?

Last weekend we celebrated 60 years of the European Union (EU), and there is no better time to consider what kind of future we want for the EU. At the beginning of March, 150 young activists from more than 30 different countries representing various organisations gathered in Strasbourg to put in writing how a stronger […]