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Informal networks as investment in East Africa

Baez-Camargo, Claudia and Costa, Jacopo and Koechlin, Lucy. (2021) Informal networks as investment in East Africa. Basel.

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This report presents findings from a research project entitled "Harnessing informality: Designing anti-corruption network interventions and strategic use of legal instruments" funded by UK Aid as part of the Global Integrity Anti- Corruption Evidence Programme (GI-ACE). The project follows from a previous research project where the Basel Institute on Governance, in partnership with University College London and SOAS, researched informality and its relationship with corruption and governance in seven countries in East Africa and Central Asia. The findings from that research project, which can be explored at length here, suggested that corruption often takes place according to informal, unwritten rules. The findings from the seven countries supported the following observation: "Corruption is most often not the result from the actions of a few, individual rotten apples operating in otherwise healthy governance systems; rather corruption is orchestrated by informal social networks that connect actors in the public and private realms and enable the pursuit of a variety of intransparent, often illicit, goals." In our current research project, we have aimed to understand how informal networks that are associated with different types of corruption are exactly articulated, operationalised and managed, with a view to distil lessons of value to anti-corruption practitioners. The present report sheds light on the functioning of informal networks in East Africa, based on evidence collected in Tanzania and Uganda. The report presents evidence, consisting of ten mini-case studies (six from Tanzania and four from Uganda) that describe informal networks associated with bribery and procurement fraud. The ten cases are also analysed and implications for anti-corruption practice discussed.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Fakultär assoziierte Institutionen > Zentrum für Afrikastudien Basel
09 Associated Institutions > Basel Institute on Governance
UniBasel Contributors:Baez-Camargo, Claudia and Costa, Jacopo and Koechlin, Lucy
Item Type:Working Paper
Publisher:Basel Institute on Governance/ Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Discussion paper / Internet publication
Language:English
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