Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

29 April 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Expert Debate
This format includes the presentation and discussion of emerging topics and trends, new and fresh approaches and ideas by guests who are experts in their field, with lots of space for active engagement of and discussions with the participants of the session.
Virtual Session 22

A Double Challenge for Peacebuilders: Exploring the Vicious Circle of Corruption and Conflict

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.


Arne Strand
U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, Norway
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Dr. Joshua Rogers
Berghof Foundation, Germany
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Henriette Kötter
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
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Samiullah Hamidee
Organization for Social and Economic Development (OSED), Afghanistan
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Dr. Ulrike Hopp-Nishanka
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
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