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What is Working in Anti-Corruption? Lessons from Rwanda and Bolivia

  • OpenGov Hub 1110 Vermont Ave NW Suite 500 Washington, D.C. 20005 USA (map)

Join the OpenGov Hub in this public Brownbag Lecture on case studies about anti-corruption in Rwanda and Bolivia. The lecture will be presented by Nieves Zúñiga, a postdoc researcher at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham since 2014 for the project ANTICORRP.

In Bolivia, crucial aspects for the success in La Paz were the combination of strong sanctions and acknowledgement of good practices, providing efficient assistance to the population, and the transformation of civil servants from political agents into agents of public transformation.

Whereas, in Rwanda, political will, service delivery, a clearly defined system in place, zero tolerance to corruption, and a strong effort on educating the citizens on the basis of a new Rwandan identity as part of the nation-building project after the genocide in 1994, are among the aspects that explain the Rwandan success in fighting corruption.

In presenting these cases Nieves will address questions such as the importance of the political discourse behind the anti-corruption practice, the role of leadership in determining the effectiveness of anti-corruption efforts, and how history and the local context can affect attitudes towards corruption. The analysis is based on data collected in Bolivia and Rwanda as part of the project Anticorruption Policies Revisited. Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption ( funded by the European Union.