Indonesia health sector / 'Kickback' new podcast / Malaysia defense corruption

Can Transparency and Accountability Programs Improve Health? Experimental Evidence from Indonesia and Tanzania (Research).  “We find that on average, this program did not have a statistically significant impact on the use or content of maternal and newborn health services, nor the sense of civic efficacy or civic participation among recent mothers in the communities who were offered it…the main explanation for the lack of impact is that few communities were able to traverse the complex causal paths from planning actions to accomplishing tangible improvements in their access to quality health care.”

Arkedis et al./Harvard Kennedy School:


New Podcast Episode, Featuring Paul Heywood (Podcast/Blog).  “ICRN members Nils Köbis and Anna Schwickerath interview University of Nottingham Professor Paul Heywood about a range of topics, including the ways in which corruption subverts justice, how Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index helped put corruption on the global agenda, what academic researchers in this field have been doing too much (“admiring the problem”), and what new and better questions scholars should be investigating in order to figure out how to combat corruption more effectively.”

Matthew Stephenson/The Global Anticorruption Blog:


Malaysia’s Defense Corruption Challenge in the Spotlight.  “Defense Minister Mohamad Sabu claimed that more than 500 million ringgit had been lost due to these projects. This scandal management has been part of a broader reform effort that also involves other initiatives as well, including the drafting of the country’s first-ever defense white paper.”

Prashanth Parameswaran/The Diplomat:

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