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CurbingCorruption was founded in 2018 by Mark Pyman and Paul Heywood, long-time practitioner and academic respectively in anti-corruption. They were repeatedly encountering front-line people who were already taking some action to limit the problems that corruption was causing, but who wanted to be able to tackle it better. Yet they felt ill-equipped to do so.
CurbingCorruption was developed to respond to this need. The website went live in October 2018.
We are convinced that reformers can develop better substance to anti-corruption strategies. The core – the substance – of a strategy is the insight or diagnosis involved that allows choices to be made and options discarded. This is distinct from the process to be followed in developing a strategy or the other components such as governance, management, coordination and reporting. We consider the substance of any strategy to comprise three distinct but interlinked activities:
Our understanding about strategy formulation rests on three pillars: knowledge from other domains (military, business, politics); insights from the research literature on corruption and corruption reform; and personal experience of corruption reform in a wide range of countries and sectors.
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CurbingCorruption was conceived in 2016 by Mark Pyman. His experience of working in three tough high-corruption environments – in the military and Defence Ministries worldwide; in Afghanistan, as one of the three international Anti-Corruption Commissioners; and as the Chief Financial Officer in a large corporation based in several endemically corrupt countries – he realised that much more progress against corruption was possible by those leading such organisations; whether as politicians, leaders or managers. More on Mark Pyman here.
Professor Paul Heywood is Mark Pyman’s close collaborator, bringing academic rigour to the innovative ideas behind CurbingCorruption. Paul Heywood holds the Sir Francis Hill Chair of European Politics at the University of Nottingham, UK. His research focuses on political corruption, institutional design and state capacity, and he is author, co-author or editor of eighteen books and more than eighty journal articles and book chapters. He is leader of the $7m Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence programme (GI-ACE), funded by DFID, which follows an earlier British Academy/DFID programme that he also led. He is a Trustee of Transparency International UK, where he chairs the Advocacy and Research Committee. More on Paul Heywood here.
Mark Pyman and Paul Heywood are supported by Michell Man and Tom Shipley. Michelle Man is a senior strategy consultant working in the third sector. Her experience spans the public, private and third sectors, and she has specific expertise in international financial crime risk, electoral policy and democratic processes, education policy, and social mobility. She has a Master’s degree in international relations and previously led Transparency International’s work on global comparisons of anti-corruption compliance in the defence industry.
Tom Shipley is a PhD researcher at the Sussex Centre for the Study of Corruption, where he is undertaking a study of evaluations of anti-corruption programmes and approaches to learning in the field. He began his career in anti-corruption with the Transparency International Defence and Security Programme. He subsequently held positions focused on anti-corruption in the private sector, at the consultancy Control Risks and then at CDC Group, the UK development finance institute. He has conducted research on anti-corruption for a range of organisations including the Natural Resource Governance Institute, the Transparency International U4 Helpdesk, the UK Home Office and the World Bank.
Mat Tromme | Fisheries
Professor Taryn Vian | Health
Tehmina Abbas | Defence
Dr. Andrea Shaw | Mining oil & gas
Eleonore Vidal Shipping
Paulo Costa | Policing services
Sarah Steingrüber Health
Ian Kaplan | School Education
Dr. Festus Boamah Electricity & Power
Agata Slota | Reform-Approaches
Phil Wheatley | Prison Services
Heesu Chung | Local Government
Tom Shipley | Private Sector, Land
Prof Michael Johnston | Reform strategies
Wilf Dunne | Policing Services
Dr. Monica Kirya | Health
Birgitta Nygren | Telecoms
Dr. Faith Muniale | Agriculture
Mike Boisvenue | USA
Sigrid Vásconez | Ecuador
Dr. L J Palmer-Moloney |Hydrography & the Water Sector
J. Martinez-Rossignol Political economy of Water
Full list of Authors
The originating author for each of the sector experience reviews are noted in the table below, together with people who have made additional contributions.
Website design and Artwork
The website was initially designed and built by Matt Goodall of website designers Arnold and Pearn. After going live, hosting and further development has been by Quality Web Design Ltd.
Original artwork is by artist Simon Young of Saltash, UK.
Funding and links to organisations
This website has been established on a pro-bono basis. The freedom that this gives enables us to develop the site in the way that we believe is best. We are open to ideas on funding, whilst remaining independent, now that the website and the ideas that we advocate have become established.
We (Mark Pyman, editors and originating authors, contributors) all have other responsibilities and/or jobs with other organisations. We do not believe that there are any conflicts of interest
For each sector review we have an originating author. He or she is probably someone working professionally in that sector, a public official, an academic, a civil society activist, or a company executive. The author seeks out all articles and reports that discuss constructive approaches and experience in seeking to address or reduce corruption in that sector. This can be demanding because most published material is about the problems of corruption, rather than reports of active reform experience. The author is encouraged to engage with people worldwide who are known for their knowledge and/or efforts on tackling corruption in the sector. The author agrees to work in the style of this website, especially being constructive, writing in accessible language and giving multiple reform examples. One or more of our editors reviews the draft, edits it where required, and we send it to others in the sector for review.
Once the review is public on CurbingCorruption, we ask readers to improve and expand the content. We ask that readers notify us of good material that they know of that is not on the site, comment on the current material, and add reports of their own experience. . Our editors review all the material for content and to ensure some consistency of style. All those making additional contributions are credited by name, unless they have reason to request anonymity. We update the sector material regularly to include comments and additional contributions.
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