The SOAS-ACE research programme looks for evidence-based analysis that aims to identify feasible anti-corruption strategies that can result in a reduction of specific types of corruption in critical areas with a positive impact on development.

With 12 long-term consortium partners, SOAS-ACE core research comprises of 30 projects on public and private sector corruption in 3 focus countries: Bangladesh, Tanzania and Nigeria.

SOAS-ACE also has awarded nine grants that widen its geographical research portfolio to eight further countries (Ghana, Indonesia, Lebanon, Malawi, Pakistan, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia). The grants scheme complements the core research by funding additional innovative approaches to anti-corruption in the private sector.


Bangladesh has achieved sustained growth acceleration since the 1980s and significantly reduced poverty, thanks to multi-party competition and private investor confidence. An important growth sector has been manufacturing, where millions of jobs have been created in industries like garments and textiles.


Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and full of entrepreneurial activity, an often-neglected observation under the wave of adverse media reports on the country’s security situation. While there are high levels of corruption and violence in Nigeria – much of it linked to its oil-producing regions and the hydrocarbon economy – there are also significant opportunities for reform.


Tanzania is a fast-growing economy, with growth rates above average for Sub-Saharan Africa since 2005; a stable though evolving political settlement; and robust macroeconomic performances.