Posted on Thursday 22nd March 2012
How can donors balance anti-corruption goals with the need to promote stability in fragile and conflict-affected states? What can be learned from the Performance Based Governance Fund in Afghanistan? Dr Heather Marquette highlights the emergence of context-sensitive approaches to corruption in fragile situations as part of efforts to promote responsive statebuilding.
In fragile contexts, a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to corruption is unrealistic and potentially destabilising.
Instead of attacking corruption in such contexts through direct, short-term anti-corruption initiatives, donors need to encourage integrity through long-term, indirect strategies.
For example, Afghanistan’s Performance Based Governance Fund incentivises integrity in provincial governance by publishing regular evaluations and adjusting budget levels according to performance. It emphasises capacity building, transparency, and citizen-state engagement, promoting statebuilding processes that address corruption.
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Read the Policy Brief: 'Building Integrity in Fragile Contexts' (PDF 100KB)