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CurbingCorruption helps politicians, leaders and managers, public sector and private, formulate better strategies for curbing corruption. Though corruption is always a tricky, sensitive problem,  the pessimism can be overdone. New thinking in anti-corruption is showing that many corruption problems can be better curbed or prevented.

CurbingCorruption was founded in 2018 by Mark Pyman. From his experience of working in three tough environments for corruption – 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. CurbingCorruption puts forward the result: new ways that politicians, leaders and managers can formulate practical, useful and implementable anti-corruption strategies.

Mark Pyman collaborates in developing the ideas behind CurbingCorruption with  Professor Paul Heywood. 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.

THE VISION - Enabling corruption reduction in each sector with confidence


OUR TARGET AUDIENCE - Politicians, leaders & managers who want to take action to reduce corruption



Mat Tromme | Fisheries

Taryn Vian | Health

Tehmina Abbas | Defence

Andrea Shaw | Mining oil & gas

Eleonore Vidal Shipping

Paulo Costa | Policing services

Sarah Steingrüber Health

Ian Kaplan | School Education

Festus Boamah Electricity

Agata Slota | Reform-Approaches

Phil Wheatley | Prison Services

Heesu Chung | Local Government

Tom Shipley | Private Sector, Land

Michael Johnston | Reform strategies

Wilf Dunne | Policing

Monica Kirya | Health

Birgitta Nygren | Telecoms

Faith Muniale PhD | Agriculture

Mike Boisvenue USA


The originating author for each of the sector reviews and the guidance reviews are noted in the table below, together with people who have made additional contributions. We are now seeking co-authors for the third phase of the reviews, and curators for each of the sector material.

  Sector Originating author and Co-authors   Organisation  Contributors
1 Construction, public works and infrastructure Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption Peter Mathews; Neill Stansbury, Hamish Goldie-Scott; John Bray.
2 Education  Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption Ian Kaplan
3 Fisheries Mat Tromme Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law Mark Pyman
4 Health Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption  Rich Feely; Sarah Steingrüber; Taryn Vian; Aneta Wierzynska
5 Higher Education Monica Kirya Senior analyst at U4
6 Land Tom Shipley PhD Candidate
7 Police Services and Law Enforcement Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption Paulo Costa; Wilf Dunne; Matt Gardner
8 Prison services Katie Fish Mark Pyman; Phil Wheatley.
9 Private Sector Tom Shipley PhD Candidate Mark Pyman; John Bray
10 Shipping Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption Eléonore de la Bache
11 Sub-National Government Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption Heesu Chung, Alan Doig; Dessi Hristova
        Next phase (2019)
12 Agriculture Jasmine Haddaway
13 Aid & humanitarian assistance Malika Ait-Parent
14 Mining, Oil & Gas Andrea Shaw
15 State-owned enterprises (SOE) Michael Hershman
16 Civil Service Paul Heywood University of Nottingham
17 Elections and politics Jen Kartner Audrey Townend
18 Electricity and energy  Mark Pyman Festus Boamah; Ilya Syrigou
  Third phase (2020)
19 Banking and Finance
20 Borders
21 Consumer Goods
22 Civil society and media
23 Commodities trading
24 Customs
25 Financial Services & regulation
26 Forestry
27 Heavy engineering
28 Judiciary & Criminal justice system
29 Legislature & Parliament
310 Other industries
31 Property
32 Public Finance Management & Tax
33 Public Procurement
34 Religious affairs and Haj
35 Sport
36 Telecommunications
37 Tourism, heritage and culture
38 Transport
39 Water
40 Wildlife/conservation
  Five-step Guidance Originating author and Co-authors   Organisation   Contributors
 1  Analysing the  corruption types Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption
 2  Reform approaches Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption Agata Slota; Tehmina Abbas; Paul Heywood; Scott Guggenheim.
 3  Developing reform strategies Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption Paul Heywood
 4  Existing international initiatives in sector Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption
 5  Ask and Connect Mark Pyman CurbingCorruption


The website has been designed and built by Matt Goodall of website designers Arnold and Pearn. After going live, the website hosting and management was transferred to Quality Web Design Ltd.

Original artwork is by Simon Young of Saltash, UK.

Funding and links to organisations

This website has been established on a pro-bono basis. By working without external funders or income at this stage we have been able to develop the site and its direction in the way that we believe is best. We are open to ideas on funding, whilst remaining independent, as the website becomes more 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.

Sources of information

For each sector review we have an originating author. He or she is probably someone working professionally in that sector, 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 is quite a task 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. We do not require academic standards or smart language. If necessary, you can submit in your own language with an English summary. 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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You can contact us anytime at editor@curbingcorruption.com

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