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A Proven Approach with New Potential: Using Social and Behavior Change to Fight Corruption

November 2022 — Corruption undermines country competitiveness, investments, decent work opportunities, and public service delivery; drives crime, violence and migration; fuels transnational criminal organizations; erodes the social compact; and contributes to environmental degradation, human and labor rights abuses and democratic backsliding.

There is growing awareness that social and behavior change (SBC) approaches, proven successful in myriad technical areas, may be a game-changer for addressing democracy and governance objectives. This paper begins with a review of key social and behavior change principles. It then takes a deep dive, focusing specifically on applying SBC strategies to anti-corruption work. It does this by examining the SBC principles and considering underlying theories on the enablers and drivers of corruption, as well as current dialogue in the sector on anti-corruption strategies.

It is not a how-to guide, but rather a practitioner’s thought piece to support and inform pioneering efforts to apply SBC approaches to anti-corruption challenges.