SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme (DFID, 2016 - 2021)

Department of International Development (DFID), £6 million 

Chief Executive: Mushtaq Khan (SOAS)
Research Directors: Antonio Andreoni (SOAS), Pallavi Roy (SOAS)

With funding from UK aid over five years, the Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) programme is a multi-country consortium working with partners in the UK, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Tanzania. The programme will generate evidence-based research on what works to make anti-corruption efforts real.

ACE will identify feasible and high-impact anti-corruption strategies, tailored to be effective in specific economic, political and social contexts. The programme’s approach to anti-corruption focuses on using evidence and analysis to find opportunities to form coalitions that have an interest in changing their behaviour in productive ways, at the sector-level. In this sense the programme targets ‘horizontal’ anti-corruption efforts, focused on changing the behaviour of key players, working in addition to and in tandem with the more traditional ‘vertical’ policies of enforcement which are often the focus of anti-corruption efforts.

Having identified instances of corruption that have a high negative impact on economic development, the programme approach uses a political settlements analysis to explore the drivers of corruption and to identify feasible targets for anti-corruption efforts. The research projects will explore the application of four broad strategies of developing horizontal anti-corruption activities across five sectors: public goods and infrastructure, productive sectors, health, media and governance agencies. 

The programme works with 12 partners on around 40 research projects in the three programme countries. Our research partners are the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), Palladium, the BRAC Institute of Governance and Development (BIGD), Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), Research on Poverty Alleviation (REPOA), the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER), the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), the University of Birmingham, the James P. Grant School of Public Health BRAC University (JPGSPH), Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), the HRPG of University of Nigeria, and the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF).

Find out more about ACE on the programme's website.