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Context Analysis of Corruption and Justice in Fragile States

Gender Equality, Inclusive Governance and the Law: Aligned for a Better World

2018 Annual Conference, January 22-23, 2018 

125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON

Monday January 22, 2017 - 12:00pm - Showcase B


Showcase: Context Analysis of Corruption and Justice in Fragile States


Cheyanne Scharbatke-ChurchProfessor of Practice, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 

Corruption in the police and courts in fragile states undermines reform efforts, erodes the rule of law, exacerbates inequality and enables crime (localized and international organized networks) to flourish. It has particularly pernicious effects on the poor and vulnerable and most especially women while fundamentally locking a nation into negative peace. At the same time, research is showing that traditional means of combatting corruption, like Codes of Conduct, simply do not work.
This session will present an innovative approach to understanding how corruption functions within the criminal justice system that enables more strategic insight into potential anti-corruption responses. Based off of a 5-year project, this approach engages new areas such as the role of social norms in sustaining corrupt behaviors and uses systems thinking to identify possible leverage points. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation and US State Department, the effort integrated gender as a central theme in the analytic process and is intended for donors and implementers working in the police reform and access to justice space.


Cheyanne Scharbatke-Church is a Professor of Practice at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, an international affairs graduate school at Tufts University (Boston) and a Principal at Besa: Catalyzing Strategic Change (Calgary).  As a Professor of Practice, she teaches courses in design, monitoring and evaluation in fragile and conflict affected contexts and as well as a course on corruption and conflict. She is currently the Co-Director of two research initiatives developing an innovative approach to understanding corruption.  Her previous work on corruption included identifying corruption risk areas in humanitarian practice for Transparency International and the exploration of corruption and conflict.  She has held senior positions with the CDA (Boston), SFCG (Washington) and INCORE (Northern Ireland).   In 2009, Cheyanne founded Besa; a social enterprise committed to catalyzing significant change on strategic issues in places experiencing conflict and structural or overt physical violence.  Besa has experience working effectively with a wide range of organizations, including ICRC, IDRC, US State Department, UN Peacebuilding Fund and ABA/ROLI. 

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