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Tuesday, October, 05, 2021
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Add to Calendar 2021-10-05 09:00:00 2021-10-05 10:15:00 Anti-Corruption Enforcement: Lessons Learned for Programming in Challenging Political Environments Join us as we bring together frontline practitioners to share tactics and strategies for anti-corruption programming in difficult contexts. MSI America/New_York public

2020 marked the 15th consecutive year of decline in global freedom, according to Freedom House’s 2021 Freedom in the World report. This means that a significant share of anti-corruption efforts will inevitably take place in challenging political environments. Corruption has also been identified as a priority U.S. national security threat, prompting the Biden administration to direct increased attention to the fight against it, including the release of a first-of-its-kind White House Memorandum. This policy elevation is now being translated into strategic plans, including by the USAID Anti-Corruption Task Force


With this emergent focus on anti-corruption, it is crucial to extract the lessons learned from previous programming. What are the tactics and strategies for anti-corruption programs in difficult environments to nonetheless deliver impact? Join us on October 5th as we bring together frontline practitioners to answer this question and share what works and what doesn’t in these contexts.


Speakers will focus on what donors can do to defend or even strengthen the independence and professionalism of law enforcement agencies, including establishing hybrid institutions like those implemented in Central America, advancing laws and institutions that can be beneficial in subsequent political openings, and boosting enforcement at the subnational level or in specific areas of regime interest (such as wildlife trafficking).

Event Recording
Please view the recorded session at the link below and feel free to share with those who were unable to attend.
Comments from Robert Lugolobi
Due to technical difficulties, Robert Lugolobi was unable to share his valuable insights on boosting enforcement in Uganda during the event. He has kindly provided his responses in writing and we're pleased to share them at the link below.
Daria Kaleniuk
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Anti-Corruption Action Center, Ukraine
Daria Kaleniuk
Rommell Sandoval, PhD, JD
I&D Consulting, El Salvador
Rommell Sandoval
Robert Lugolobi
Anti-Corruption Expert and Activist, Uganda
Robert Lugolobi
Larry Cooley
President Emeritus and Senior Advisor
MSI, A Tetra Tech Company
Larry Cooley
Phyllis Dininio, PhD
Technical Director, Governance, MSI
A Tetra Tech Company
Phyllis Dininio
Speaker Biographies

Daria Kaleniuk is co-founder and executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center, a powerful national organization that has shaped Ukraine's anti-corruption legislation and efforts. Daria's organization ensured that Ukraine’s newly elected parliament designed strong anti-corruption legislation, including the laws on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the special anti-corruption prosecutor’s office, High Anti-Corruption Court, open property registers and electronic asset declarations. Daria has also founded critical resources to track money laundering and corruption internationally, specifically the first known public register of national politically exposed persons. She is co-founder of the International Democracy in Action conference held annually in Ukraine, which seeks solutions to global threats to democracy.

Rommell Ismael Sandoval Rosales is a senior expert with 28 years of experience in the rule of law, judicial reform, investigation of organized crime, transparency, and anti-corruption. He has worked on projects with various donors such as USAID, IADB, The World Bank, OAS, Spanish Cooperation, SICA and others in Central America, Dominican Republic and Mexico. He currently serves as the president of I&D Consulting, which specializes in rule of law and transparency projects.

Robert Lugolobi is a seasoned anti-corruption expert and activist with over 20 years of experience. He began his anti-corruption career in 1999 when he joined the Inspectorate of Government (IG), a leading statutory body charged with fighting corruption and maladministration in Uganda. He served in various IG positions, including Principal/Regional Inspectorate Officer overseeing anti-corruption initiatives in eight district local governments, and was involved in the investigation of corruption allegations, supported the prosecution of corruption cases, and capacity building as well as awareness creation regarding boosting citizens’ participation in the anti-corruption agenda.

Thereafter, Robert joined Transparency International Uganda as its Executive Director in 2008, where he was involved in the design and implementation of various anti-corruption initiatives at subnational, national and regional levels. In 2013, he joined ACTION Aid Denmark and was posted to Zambia as a tax justice campaign advisor to support CSO campaigns for fair taxation and addressing leakages in the tax system. He later joined the Democratic Governance Facility in 2017, a consortium of several development partners including Austria, Denmark, European Union, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Robert served as program manager and later was promoted to the position of deputy program and learning manager. He is currently working as a public and private dialogue specialist for a USAID-funded activity that promotes domestic revenue mobilization for development in Uganda. 

Robert has been widely involved in corruption-related research, especially with the Basel Institute on Governance based in Switzerland. Major research areas include corruption, norms and mental models in Uganda, informal networks and public service delivery, and the illegal wildlife trade. He is well-grounded with an in-depth understanding of the political economy of Uganda and other surrounding countries.

Founder and President Emeritus of Management Systems International, A Tetra Tech Company, Mr. Cooley has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of strategic management, public sector reform and international development. Currently serving as president of the Society for International Development and board chair of World Learning, he is the author or co-author of widely used methodologies for managing policy change, scaling innovation, entrepreneurship development and results-based management.

Mr. Cooley has served as project director or principal investigator for numerous high-visibility domestic and international public management initiatives, as a facilitator for three Cabinet-level working groups in the United States, and as an advisor to the leaders of more than a dozen governments and international agencies. 

Mr. Cooley is an elected fellow and board member of the National Academy of Public Administration, a non-resident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, and a trustee or advisory board member for a wide range of foundations, non-profit organizations and global initiatives. He helped to establish the academic discipline of “development management”, was chairperson of the Development Management Network of the American Society of Public Administration for 15 years, and is a past recipient of the Society’s National Award for Training Excellence. He is a founder and continues to serve as chair of a global community of practice on scaling up development outcomes.

Prior to establishing MSI in 1981, Mr. Cooley worked for the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, Practical Concepts Incorporated, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

Phyllis Dininio is a senior technical director at Management Systems International, A Tetra Tech Company, where she leads research and provides technical direction on field projects focused on corruption and organized crime. Recent publications include USAID’s Technical Guidance on the Development Response to Organized Crime, Practitioners’ Guide for Anti-corruption Programming, and “High-level Corruption and Transnational Organized Crime.” Prior to this, Dr. Dininio served as senior governance advisor in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, scholar in residence at the Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at American University and consultant at the World Bank.

Dr. Dininio also served as USAID’s first anti-corruption advisor in the Democracy and Governance Center where she developed the Agency’s approach to anti-corruption and authored a handbook on this topic. In addition, she has worked as an independent consultant on corruption issues, developing training curriculum, conducting assessments, recommending strategies, and writing on key topics.  

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