Research Case Study 5: Harnessing behavioural approaches against corruption

Social norms and behaviour change (SNBC) approaches are a promising complement to conventional anti-corruption strategies. Adopting a context-sensitive and nuanced approach is an essential ingredient for success.

We wanted to understand if and how behavioural approaches can promote anti-corruption outcomes, as well as conditions for success.

To do this we reviewed research from 2016–2022 on the use of behavioural approaches in anti-corruption practice. We also analysed our practical experience designing and piloting an intervention to tackle social norms of reciprocity which fuel bribery in health facilities in Tanzania.

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Basel Institute on Governance