To mark International Anti-Corruption Day, the EBRD is pleased to host a talk by Sarah Chayes, award-winning author and Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Ms Chayes will raise some provocative questions: Is development financing enabling corruption? How might institutions adjust their operating principles so as to help curb corruption?
Ms. Chayes’ work shows how corruption can no longer be understood as merely the doings of individuals. Rather, it is often the operating system of sophisticated networks that cross sectoral and national boundaries in their drive to maximize returns for their members. Ms. Chayes will highlight how external actors such as international development institutions may, wittingly or unwittingly, perpetuate kleptocracy.
Ms. Chayes has spent her career reporting on, studying, and writing about conflict and post-conflict zones from the Balkans to the Middle East. She is internationally recognised for her innovative thinking on corruption and its implications. Her recent book, Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security discusses how, from the Arab Spring to Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution, corruption has helped fuel some of the world’s most significant security crises. Ms. Chayes has been a guest on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and her work has been featured in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Foreign Policy magazine.
An open question and answer session will follow Ms Chayes’ presentation. The event will start at 15:00 and will end with a drinks reception.
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