Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: How to Connect Society and Institutions
Dr Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House; Report Author, Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions
Raj Patel, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania; Report Author, Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions
Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Deputy Head and Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House
The detrimental effects of corruption in Nigeria is well-documented and widely discussed yet it continues to permeate all levels of society. While significant attention has been afforded to legal and institutional efforts to tackle corruption, little consideration thus far has been given to understanding and addressing corruption in Nigeria as a collective practice – one that is primarily an aggregate of individual behaviours that are sustained by particular beliefs and expectations. New Chatham House research, in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Norms Group, Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics and teams from six organizations in Nigeria, provides in-depth analysis of the social norms of corruption in Nigeria and options to generate action by a critical mass of local actors who want to forge a ‘new normal’.
At this event, the authors of the 2017 Chatham House report, Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions, will discuss why a new approach to tackling pernicious practises like corruption is necessary and ways in which this might be taken forward.
This research was supported by the UK Department for International Development.