Fighting Public Extortion Situations in Ecuador
Location(s): Quito, Ecuador
Organization: U.S. Lawyers Abroad Committee
Massive amounts of time, money and energy have been spent to eradicate, prevent or lessen the momentum of public corruption around the world. As part of anti-corruption movement, governments have passed laws, regional accords and international treaties to punish public bribe givers and bribe takers. However it is common (but faulty) wisdom among the protagonists that it is impossible to do business or get services from many governments without paying a bribe. Bruce Horowitz and his colleagues at the U.S. Lawyers Abroad Committee have used the PD approach to find some uncommon but demonstrably successful strategies among colleagues in Shanghai, New Delhi, Quito and Buenos Aires.
- Report: Using Positive Deviance Methods to Help Legal Service Providers to Ethically and Successfully Handle Public Extortion Situations
From 2003 – 2008, USAID funded five international NGOs, (CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Mercy Corps (MC), Save the Children US (SC), and World Vision International (WVI)), to implement Positive Deviance in Indonesia as part of food security programs. Together, the five NGOs reached 9,997 children across the country. Of this number, 59.6% gained 200g between admission into the program (Day 1) and graduation from the program (Day 10). Of 4,847 participants who were weighed again at the end of the month, 45% had gained the recommended 400g. Results differed slightly (but not significantly) between implementers; however, they differed dramatically between different communities.
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