TNRC Original Research

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Targeting Natural Resource Corruption

Harnessing knowledge, generating evidence, and supporting innovative policy and practice for more effective anti-corruption programming

Original Research

Peru, Madagascar, and Vietnam

Using a political ecology approach (combining analysis of environmental change with political-economy and ethnographic-type analysis), teams of international and locally-based researchers are studying selected conservation projects to identify the social, economic, political and environmental factors that facilitate and drive corruption and how they affect efforts to address it.

Malawi, Uganda and Peru

The Basel Institute on Governance will leverage its considerable experience working on the nexus of corruption and IWT, particularly its hands-on relationships with wildlife management and anti-corruption authorities, to deliver a two-year research initiative focused on corruption risks in investigation and prosecution of wildlife crime. The first year of work will include field research to map corruption risks in the prosecution chain in Peru, Malawi and Uganda and develop recommendations for partners in those countries.

The Basel Institute will also draw on its research on social norms that drive corruption in IWT to partner with TRAFFIC to deliver a new, two-year package of work to research and test behavioral approaches to reducing corruption in natural resource sectors. TRAFFIC will deliver addition empirical research on the use of big data to identify corruption risks in the award of forest access agreements.

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