Sign up to join the new SOAS ACE Anti-Corruption Course 

In this course you will learn about an exciting new approach to anti-corruption pioneered by the SOAS Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) programme. The approach has been developed, tested and honed over the last 5 years across a number of countries including Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania. SOAS ACE analyses the power, capabilities and interests of actors within different sectors to identify feasible and impactful opportunities for anti-corruption. 

Enrol to join this short course. 


Course outline 

Explore the consequences of corruption 

Corruption harms economic development and social justice, but current anti-corruption strategies have delivered very limited results. One reason is that corruption takes many forms, and each requires a different response. 

On this course, you’ll develop an understanding of corruption through theory and evidence. You’ll look at the social and economic consequences, as well as the types of corruption for a rounded view of its causes and effects. 

Assess current strategies and why many of them fail 

Existing anti-corruption strategies are based on transparency and accountability, assuming that organisations will provide information and support openly and honestly. Unfortunately, this often isn’t the case. 

You’ll investigate the logic behind these strategies and assess the evidence of their limited success. This will help you to explain why new approaches are needed to effectively fight corruption. 

Discover an alternative approach to more effective anti-corruption policy 

Using examples of an alternative research and policy framework for new anti-corruption strategies, you will understand how it is possible to reduce corruption in developing countries. 

Combining your knowledge of current strategies and new approaches, you will be able to identify and help design an effective strategy that can create the conditions for a better transition to lower corruption. 

Learn from anti-corruption specialists at SOAS University of London 

The Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Research Consortium is a global partnership led by Professor Mushtaq Khan at SOAS University of London. 

Taking an innovative approach to anti-corruption, ACE generates evidence through over 30 research projects in 13 countries to help promote better strategies to tackle corruption, and so is uniquely positioned to lead this anti-corruption course. 

What topics will you cover? 

  • Corruption and its effects: theory and evidence 
  • The drivers of different types of corruption 
  • The logic underpinning standard anti-corruption strategies based on transparency and accountability 
  • The evidence of their limited success and an explanation 
  • An alternative research and policy framework for feasible anti-corruption strategies based on finding solutions where enforcement is supported by the self-interest of directly affected actors who are sufficiently powerful 
  • Evidence-based examples of the new approach and how research and policy can use this framework to make anti-corruption more effective. 

Enrol to join this short course.