Mitigating Corruption Risks in the Land Sector with a Focus on Gender Related Issues

Transparency International
Steve Schall
Beneque Cousin, Gorn Huvanandana, Hannah Reuter, Lindsay Voirin, Tara Wadhwa

An international nongovernmental organization, Transparency International fights corruption and abuses of power. In Africa, corruption is one of the largest risks to citizens’ land and property rights. Having identified these issues as a priority, Transparency International and its partner chapters in Uganda, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Madagascar, and Kenya have scaled up efforts to manage corruption. Risks related to corruption include land grabbing, sexual harassment, sexist inheritance norms, bribery, and intimidation. Mitigating such practices requires identifying and evaluating their impacts, and planning strategies to secure land and property rights using each chapter’s available resources. Transparency International engaged a Capstone team to identify each chapter’s current state of corruption risk. The team reviewed previous evaluations, interviews, surveys, and independent research. With this information, the team developed an online survey instrument and conducted follow-up phone interviews with each chapter. They synthesized the data to understand evaluation mechanisms, identify best practices, and provide strategic recommendations and solutions that each chapter can implement to mitigate the risks posed by corrupt practices.