How Citizens Drive Change: People Power to Impact Corruption

Shaazka Beyerle (George Mason University)

  • Date: 24 FEBRUARY 2021  from 17:00 to 18:00

  • Event location: Online | Zoom Platform

  • Type: BIT-ACT Seminar Series

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Talk Description

A nexus of corruption, inequality, and unaccountable and unresponsive governments has been galvanizing citizens across the globe. From national social movements to local community efforts, and now in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, people power continues unabated through a creative mix of offline and online organizing and action.This seminar will explore three overall questions. How do citizens drive change through organized nonviolent action? What can the broader anti-corruption sphere learn from such civic initiatives? How can international actors - donors, policymakers, researchers - constructively engage with and support peaceful movements and campaigns directly or indirectly tackling corruption?

Short Bio of the Seminar Speaker


Shaazka Beyerle is Senior Fellow at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), Schar School of Public Policy and Government, George Mason University. She's a researcher, writer and educator in nonviolent action, focusing on anti-corruption and accountability (including linkages to governance, development, and violent conflict). She was previously a Senior Research Advisor, Program on Nonviolent Action, U.S. Institute of Peace, and is the author of Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice. She was the lead researcher for a World Bank-Nordic Trust Fund project and co-author of the subsequent report, “Citizens as Drivers of Change: Practicing Human Rights to Engage with the State and Promote Transparency and Accountability.” She teaches and speaks at conferences, workshops and webinars, such as the Global Partnership for Social Accountability and International Anti-Corruption Conferences. She’s an elected member of the UNCAC Civil Society Coalition Coordination Committee. @go_peoplepower