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Study on Culture and Corruption in Pacific Island Countries

Location/Client: Regional Pacific/ UNDP Pacific Centre
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In 2007, Educo was contracted by the UNDP Pacific Centre to carry out a study on Corruption and Culture in Pacific Island Countries. The specific objectives of the study were to:

  • describe the nature of corruption as it relates to public perceptions of, and citizens' understanding of corruption, and the magnitude of corruption;
  • describe previous and on-going efforts and initiatives by governments and other stakeholders (including civil society) to fight corruption;
  • describe and analyse the link between culture and corruption and how this impacts on human development; and
  • suggest possible entry points for advancing anti-corruption efforts.

Educo sourced Dr. Manuhuia Barcham of Massey University, a leading expert in the field of governance and corruption-related issues in the Pacific, to perform the study. Carried out in May and June of this year, the study involved site visits to Fiji, interviews with a range of experts, and consultations of specialist libraries and research databases. Our firm provided logistical support services, quality control, and technical peer review at all stages of the consultancy. A draft of the study was shared with a range of stakeholders in Suva, and the final report was submitted to UNDP in the beginning of July.

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