Working Paper 45: Strategic anti-corruption communications – Guidance for behaviour change interventions

This Working Paper is intended to guide practitioners who are seeking to complement conventional anti-corruption measures by adopting a behavioural communications approach.

It aims to connect a typology of anti-corruption messages with behavioural change theories, and discuss their impact.

Subsequently, it suggests practical implications for designing anti-corruption communication as part of behaviour change interventions. This includes outlining how to develop a robust Theory of Change as a means to enhance the success of such efforts.  

The guidance is based on a review of seven key topically pertinent studies that have been recently published. 

This publication is prepared as guidance for the USAID Indonesia Integrity Initiative (USAID INTEGRITAS).

Open-access licence and disclaimer

The publication is part of the Basel Institute on Governance Working Paper Series, ISSN: 2624-9650. You may share or republish the Working Paper under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 licence.

Suggested citation: Baez-Camargo, Claudia, and Jude Schönberg. 2023. ‘Strategic anti-corruption communications: a resource for practitioners.’ Working Paper 45, Basel Institute on Governance. Available at:

This study is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of the Basel Institute on Governance and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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