CALL FOR CASES: Research project on citizen participation and nonviolent civic action to fight corruption

Do you know about cases in which citizens have taken part in organized civic action campaigns to fight corruption? I am conducting a 12-month research project to document, analyze, and distill general lessons learned and good practices from civic action campaigns and movements to fight corruption. Please contact me if you:
--Know about possible initiatives, campaigns or movements addressing corruption that included the mobilization of citizens and/or nonviolent civic action – as defined in the project description section. Cases may have taken place in the last two decades or be presently ongoing. Corruption may be the sole focus, or it may be linked to other forms of injustice, such as violence, authoritarian rule, organized crime, discrimination, poverty, workers rights, environmental destruction, state service provision, or other issues.
--Have suggestions of other people or organizations to contact that could potentially have knowledge about cases;
--Have suggestions of reports, books or articles that refer to citizen initiatives and nonviolent civic action to fight corruption;
--Have recommendations of networks through which others can be notified about the project, including e-newsletters, websites, virtual groups, social network sites, etc.

For further information, please see the attached PDF file. FYI, here is a link to a recent presentation I gave on civic action to fight corruption at the Doha UN Convention against Corruption gathering:
http://blogs.worldbank.org/commgap-uncac-conference-state-parties-doha

This project is made possible through a grant from the United States Institute of Peace and support from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict.
Shaazka Beyerle, Senior Advisor, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
sbeyerleatnonviolent-conflict.org/1 202 416 4720 (messages)
IPCDN.call for cases.pdf

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Tags: accountability, action, anti-corruption, citizen, civic, corruption, engagement, good, governance, nonviolence, More…nonviolent, participation, social, struggle, tactics

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Comment by Jeffrey Stevenson Murer on November 26, 2009 at 2:24pm
Indeed this is a great idea. I suggest you look at the work of Jane and Peter Schneider of the United States (Jane is retired from the CUNY Graduate Centre/Anthropology; Peter is retired from Fordham Sociology). They made their careers documenting the civic and popular movements to counter the power of the mafia in Sicily. They are brilliant social researchers, and their work could offer you insights into constructing a theoretical framework. Best wishes for your research.
Comment by Queen Kashimbo on November 26, 2009 at 10:20am
This is really a great idea. Many lead Anti-Corruption agencies in the world are are funded by the government and sometimes this makes it difficult for the agencies to embark on campiagns which would advocate for improved legal frameworks. In such instances, civil society participation is the best and most effective stakeholder to carry out such a duty. In Zambia, a number of campaigns by civil society are trying hard develop nonviolent campaigns against corrupt. All i need to gather some detailed information on specific on specific cases. I wish you all the best in this research.
Comment by L.W.Ranjith Wickramasinghe on November 26, 2009 at 9:22am
I m sRi lanka. My organization name of Organisation of Environment and Children Rights Preservation and I'm Charmen.we are work with poor people ,Women and Children. Environment Protection and Environment Rights are our other focused area.
Education for all and Qulitiative Education is our new programme. we build up the Sivil socity network in srilanka.It 's coverd all district and province in sri lanka and all relegious.(Sinhala,Tamil and Muslims)

Our new main field of the Children Rights in the Cultural.It is new Subject of the world.I'm Experties of this subjects.

I can help this all subject and cooperete with you.

Thanks. Ranjith Wickramasinghe
Comment by Robert Egwea on November 26, 2009 at 3:22am
It would be good if you could include Uganda in East Africa, where corruption has penetrated almost every fabric of society, in your study. According to press reports high profile government officials have been implicated in misappropriation of huge amounts of funds. Donors pour millions of dollars into the country each year but this is not reflected in the pace of development especially for war-torn northern region of the country. The government has introduced stringent measures to fight corruption, including creation of an anti-corruption court but the impact is yet to be felt. Some citizens have become active anti-corruption crusaders under the auspices of Anti-corruption Coalition. Nevertheless, they are faced with an uphill task because corruption is now endemic in Ugandn and has therefore become a monster that is extremely difficult to eliminate. A fresh and resulute political will, from both the ruling party and the opposition, is urgently needed in order to get rid of corruption in Uganda but this doesn't necessarily mean regime change as opposition politians tend to propagate because even opposition parties are riddled with corruption!
Comment by Fernanda P. Amaral on November 25, 2009 at 7:26pm
Dear Shaazka, what I can do it tell you that we had and still have in Latin America cases which civic campaigns supported our freedom. I mean, in Brazil, Argetina and Chile we had a hard time of authoritarians governments; you have, for example, in Argentina "Las madres de la Plaza de Mayo", women that still search for their children disappeared. We have now in Honduras a hard time, and some mobilization. But I think that you will find a good material for your work in Latin America. Yes, we had violent actions, but we had pacific ones, that was very very combated for the policy at that time, juts like when our students here in Brazil by 70s went out and did a pacific manifestation and some of them lost their lives. I hope it can help you, ok?
Hugs
Fer
Comment by Aminah Yaquin Carroll on November 25, 2009 at 7:19pm
This is a most fundamentally important study. Corruption is a leanred behavior and it is rewarding to those who participate in material ways. To combat it with enculturation of group and individual consciousness-raising about the high costs of corruption, and the rewards life-long of a life well-lived.
I hope that you will include whistle-blowing in your study, for when individual people do teh right thing without community support they ought to do it with informed knowledge of the possible (and likely) consequences. These often powerfully painful consequences can be mitigated by people rallying to support truth and justice, instead of lies, bribes, cover-ups, blackmail and violence.

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