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Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: A Social Norms Approach to Connecting Society and Institutions

17 May 2017 - 5:30pm to 6:45pm

Abuja, Nigeria


Dr Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House; Report Author
Raj Patel, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania; Report Author
Ayisha Osori, Chairperson, Open Society Initiative for West Africa
H.E. Paul Arkwright CMG, British High Commissioner to Nigeria
Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Deputy Head and Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House



The detrimental effect 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 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’.

This event will launch a new Chatham House report on social norms of corruption, analysing findings from over 4,000 household surveys. The authors of the report, Leena Koni Hoffmann and Raj Patel, will discuss the drivers of corruption in Nigeria and explore policy options to influence collective action against corruption. 

This research is supported by the UK Department for International Development.

Please note this event will be held in Nigeria.