School of Social and Political Science

Research Impact examples - Centre of African Studies


Governance-informed anti-corruption interventions in Nigeria and Malawi

Gerhard Anders

Research by Gerhard Anders has supported the understanding, application and reform of governance-informed anti-corruption interventions in Nigeria and Malawi. Work carried out between 2015-2021 to examine both petty and high-level corruption, and government officials’ everyday practice, has strengthened governance in several ways. It has raised awareness and changed perceptions among government officials, parliamentarians and development partners, ultimately influencing public service reform and Malawi's National Anti-Corruption Strategy .

Key achievements include:

  • In Malawi, findings on the importance of informal practical norms have contributed to the development of best practices for the health and education sectors.
  • Findings from the research have been employed by law-enforcement agencies in Malawi and Nigeria to improve policies targeting high-level corruption and anti-corruption operations.
  • Findings are being used as a benchmark to measure progress in anti-corruption activities in Malawi. This is supporting further official development assistance funding by the UK and facilitates cooperation between policymakers and the donor community.
Marginalisation, displacement and power in mining areas

Sam Spiegel

Sam Spiegel’s multi-sited research on life in extractive zones, focusing on Indonesia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, has had significant impact. Sam’s work has enhanced the understanding of links between local livelihood concerns in mining areas, relationships to land and place, and evolving resource-governance models. It has provided new empirical, methodological and conceptual advancements that have informed the regulation of artisanal and small-scale gold mining in Indonesia and Zimbabwe as well as institutional commitments towards supporting displaced populations.