Wednesday 13th November, 12-1pm
Ron Johnston Research Room, Department of Geography

Good governance is widely viewed as critical to achieving rapid and sustained development. The challenge is to establish the rule of law and make governments more transparent, responsive and accountable. There is growing evidence that well-conceived citizens’ activism can be effective in fighting corruption and demanding better governance. I will present the experiences and emerging lessons of derived from some 200 anti-corruption projects in more than 40 countries implemented by civil society organisations supported by the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) over the past twelve years. These case studies show CSOs to be important innovators, agenda setters, mobilizers, and monitors in combating corruption. We have collected a wealth of evidence that small grants can enable CSOs to have major impact on curbing corruption. Given that corruption is a major impediment to overcoming poverty, this has major implications for the design of development assistance strategies.

Pierre Landell-Mills has worked as a development practitioner, researcher, manager, and consultant on governance, institutional development and decentralisation in Africa and Asia, for the first nine years for the Tanzanian and Botswana governments and then for 26 years on the staff of the World Bank. He is a consultant on public sector management, policy work and decentralisation, has written on governance issues, civil society and the political economy of development, and is active in the NGO sector specialising on governance, transparency and anti-corruption work. He has recently published the book Citizens Against Corruption: Report From The Front Line (Partnership for Transparency Fund, 2013).

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