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IFHV Summer School on Corruption, Data and the Sustainable Development Goals

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This Summer School will be repeated in the Summer of 2022. More information will be provided in due time. Below you find the information from the last summer school on corruption, data, and the sustainable development goals (SDGs). This course had to take place digitally in the winter semester as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this website, when our planning becomes more concrete. In future, we plan to hold this course again in the summer semester and in attendance.

Digital Winter/Spring School on Corruption, Data and the Sustainable Development Goals

What is the Winter School all about?

The Winter School aims to equip participants with the knowledge and the skills needed to collect, analyze and use governance data to monitor corruption and promote anti-corruption reforms across the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework.

The Winter School is designed to bring together students from various disciplines with anti-corruption practitioners to foster innovative approaches to curbing corruption in sectors such as health, education, justice, water and sanitation and climate action.

The cases of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Afghanistan and Indonesia will serve as examples of how corruption negatively influences development and reconstruction while threatening security and undermining peacebuilding. A key element of the course is that the participants are expected to produce a “roadmap” to fight a specific corruption problem, using governance data with linkages to the SDG framework. At the end of each learning session, the participants are required to answer a few short questions relating to their own corruption problem for which they are developing a road map. In answering these questions, the participants identify key players who can help them, map out relevant indicators and datasets for assessing and measuring corruption, and come up with an advocacy strategy.

The Winter School is offered as a partnership between Transparency International (TI), the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at Ruhr University Bochum, and Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO).

Who can Participate and which are the requierements?

The Winter School is open to B.A. and M.A. students from all faculties. Additionally, students from any other field of study are able to participate, space permitting.

The entrance requirements for the Winter School are a sound knowledge of English, at least two completed semesters of study and an interest in humanitarian action, corruption and sustainable development, including the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as in the interdisciplinary exchange with other students. Applicants should write a short motivation letter (max. 300 words) and apply online together with a short CV.

The number of participants is limited to 30 students. Applicants will receive more and detailed information after being admitted.

Due to current hygiene measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be assumed that the course cannot take place in person. In response, we have developed a Zoom course. In order to prevent students from having to attend digital sessions for six consecutive days, the teaching days were changed, so that the students and teaching staff have enough breaks.

What is the workload?

Readings for the Preparatory Literature Review (2 pages) in order to prepare the Winter School (hand-in on first day of the Winter School:

Focal question of the literature review: What are the key characteristics of the current status of democracy globally and how could these characteristics contribute to the breadth and depth of corruption?

Buyon, N., I. Linzer, T. Roylance and A. Slipowitz 2020: Freedom in the World, available here.

2020: Freedom in the World Research, available here

On Data Revolution:

The Economist. (2017): The World’s Most Valuable Resource is No Longer Oil, But Data, available here

Governance Data Alliance. 2016: Governance Data. Who uses it and why? Available here

Transparency International. 2017. Monitoring Corruption and Anti-Corruption in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Resource Guide. Berlin: Transparency International, available here.  


3 ECTS for active participation + literature review + course study specific paper, incl. presentation (Roadmap) [Master Students] (no grade)

5 ECTS for active participation + literature review + course study specific paper, incl. presentation (Roadmap) + course study specific short paper (2.250 words) [Bachelor Students Only] (with grade)

6 ECTS for active participation + literature review + course study specific paper, incl. presentation (Roadmap) + course study specific full paper (4.500 words, must include extensive literature review) [Master Students Only] (with grade)

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If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Winter School Team at summerschool-ifhv@rub.de

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