This Independent Study examines the role of the international community in either promoting or hindering the cause of anti-corruption in sub-Saharan Africa. Corruption and anticorruption have come to occupy an increasingly large segment of the international governance discourse and it has become common for donor agencies, foreign governments and intergovernmental organizations to incorporate corruption related policy prescriptions into poverty reduction strategies and aid packages. This has been especially true of sub-Saharan Africa, where externally-driven anti-corruption policies have at points been criticized for violating the principle of sovereignty and at other points been denounced as the face of Western neo-imperialism. Given their high cost and the controversy they have generated, are externallydriven anti-corruption policies a worthwhile endeavor, or are African states better tackling the problem of corruption on their own? This study seeks to answer that question by comparing three African states: South Africa, Nigeria and Mozambique to determine whether or not externallydriven anti-corruption policies are more or less likely to succeed than internally-driven policies. South Africa represents a country with a high number of donor-initiated anti-corruption projects while Nigeria represents a country with a low number. Mozambique is situated between these two countries in order to more rigorously test this study’s theoretical argument.


N'Diaye, Boubacar


International Relations


African Studies | International Relations

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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