In many contexts, we see a vicious circle of fragility, violent conflict and corruption: state institutions are weak and not trusted by the population, the allocation of power is discretionary, systems of patronage, clientelism and violence prevail in light of elite competition for power and resources, and economic as well as social networks are shattered. In such situations, corruption creates further grievances and functions as a driver of conflict and prolonged fragility. As symptom of poor governance and impunity, it is often connected to the root causes of violent conflict.
Escaping this trap is only possible if the systemic linkages of corruption and violent conflict are addressed simultaneously. But how can peacebuilders deal with such a double challenge? How can they deal with the dilemmas that unfold in practice? This session will explore the complex system of corruption and violent conflict and identify opportunities for peacebuilders to engage with anti-corruption measures.