Paper launch: Collective action on corruption in Nigeria: The role of religion

Research event, Webinar
27 April 2021 — 3:00PM TO 4:15PM

New Chatham House research examines how corruption functions as a collective practice and identifies the complex social characteristics, shared beliefs and expectations and informal rules that drive and sustain corrupt practices.

The latest paper of the Social Norms and Accountable Governance project analyses data from a national household survey in Nigeria that explored the role of religious reasons in the acceptability of corruption and assessed for expectations and beliefs about the diversion of public funds for the provision of religious goods, such as the construction of churches or mosques.

Despite the implicit assumptions underpinning faith-based anti-corruption interventions and prevailing public narratives in Nigeria, few studies have directly attempted to establish religion’s role – via pressures and practices such as norms of religious giving or communal financial obligations – in shaping the complex mix of social beliefs and expectations that drive responses to corruption.

At this event, which launches the new Chatham House Africa Programme publication, Collective Action on Corruption in Nigeria: The Role of Religion, speakers will present their research findings and implications for faith-based anti-corruption interventions.

This webinar will also be broadcast live on the Africa Programme Facebook page.

This event is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Dr Leena Koni Hoffmann, Associate Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Dr Raj Navanit Patel, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Pennsylvania

The Rt Revd Precious Omuku, Special Representative to the Archbishop of Canterbury on Conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa, Lambeth Palace

Nuruddeen Lemu, Director of Research and Training, Da’wah Institute of Nigeria, Islamic Education Trust

Chair: Elizabeth Donnelly, Deputy Director and Research Fellow, Africa Programme, Chatham House

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