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Combatting Corruption and Strengthening Accountability: The Case of Nigeria

31 January 2018 - 8:00am to 9:15am

Chatham House, London


Elizabeth Donnelly, Deputy Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Chair: Katherine Dixon, Programme Director, Transparency International



Corruption occurs globally at all levels of society, undermining democratic structures and stymying  socio-economic development. Recent Chatham House research on corruption has focused on the case study of Nigeria, where it is estimated that Nigerians spend about 400 billion Naira each year on bribes ($4.6 billion in purchasing power parity terms). This research explores whether a new approach that seeks to alter beliefs around corruption is needed and how that might be implemented.

The project lead, Elizabeth Donnelly, will present the findings from the Nigeria study and discuss how social norms methodology might be helpful in tackling some of Africa’s biggest governance challenges. Why do pernicious practices persist?  Why do people engage in corruption as a collective practice and how can they be stopped? And can some of the lessons learned from the Nigeria experience be applied to the challenge of combatting corruption in other countries both in Africa and beyond?

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule

This event is only open to Major Corporate Member and Partner organizations of Chatham House. If you would like to register your interest, please RSVP to Linda Bedford. We will contact you to confirm your attendance.