03.11.2016

Round table “Corruption and Clientelism – Causes and Effects” held in Tirana


On 30 June 2016, Development Solutions Associates (DSA) organised a round table titled “Corruption and Clientelism – Causes and Effects”. It was organised within the RRPP-funded project Mapping Clientelism and its Causes: Rents, Rent-seeking and Democracy in Kosovo and Albania”, implemented by Development Solutions Associates, Albania, and the Centre for Political Courage from Kosovo.

The round table gathered around 30 participants from academia, expert community and donor community, including representatives of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss Embassy in Albania. Ms Debora Kern, Head of Governance, Swiss Embassy, made an opening speech, emphasizing the importance of good governance. The round table was moderated by Dr Selami Xhepa (European University of Tirana).

Luca J. Uberti (University of Otago) presented a research about the relation between corruption, clientelism and growth, while Dr Drini Imami (Faculty of Economics, Agricultural University of Tirana and Development Solutions Associates) made a presentation on corruption, clientelism and elections. The results were based on a structured survey of over 100 enterprises in each country in which the project is implemented. Research findings show a correlation between corruption, clientelism and growth, as well as strong evidence of higher levels of corruption and clientelism in the period before elections.

The findings of previous RRPP projects related to governance, corruption and/or clientelism were also presented. Dr Edvin Zhllima (Faculty of Economics, Agricultural University of Tirana and Development Solutions Associates) talked about research on corruption in higher education, conducted within the RRPP Project Education-Specific Corruption in the Western Balkans. Dr Elvina Merkaj (Faculty of Economics, Agricultural University of Tirana, University of Ancona and Development Solutions Associates) presented research on central government funding of local governments, elections and clientelism, based on the RRPP Project Political and Equity Implications of Intergovernmental Transfers: The Case of Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.

It was concluded that progress has been made regarding research agenda and work on corruption within the ongoing RRPP-funded project Clientelism, Corruption and Elections in the Western Balkans: A Comparative Analysis of Causes and Effects. This project is also implemented by the DSA, with the goal to expand the research to other Western Balkans countries and look into new aspects and methods of applied research on clientelism, corruption and elections.
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