ACE is delighted to publish our founding analysis of the political and economic context to anti-corruption efforts, both historically and today, in the three countries where the ACE programme will engage: Tanzania, Nigeria and Bangladesh.
The Working Papers, written by Prof Mushtaq Khan, Dr Antonio Andreoni, and Dr Pallavi Roy, set out our starting point for choosing the sectors and strategies where ACE will engage, by delving deep into how the balance of power influences corruption, and efforts to curb it. Using ‘political settlement analysis’, the papers contribute a detailed and nuanced understanding of the distribution of power in Nigeria, Bangladesh and Tanzania, focusing in particular on how ruling organisations maintain their position and respond to challenges to the political settlement.
They go on to use this analysis, together with an understanding of the drivers of economic growth in each country, and the background on existing anti-corruption laws and agencies, in order to focus on strategic opportunities for new efforts on anti-corruption. This analysis sets the scene for the over 40 research projects now underway in Nigeria, Bangladesh and Tanzania through the ACE consortium.