Petty and grand corruption and the conflict dynamics in Northern Uganda

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This study explores the relationship between corruption and conflict
in northern Uganda, using the perspectives of local business owners
as an inroad. The purpose is to highlight how various types of corruption
can be related to conflict dynamics in different ways, depending
on the context. The article argues that in post-war northern
Uganda grand corruption can be seen as related to the conflict
dynamics, while petty corruption is generally not seen that way. At
the centre of the conflict in northern Uganda lies a deep mutual mistrust
between the population in the north and the central government.
Therefore corruption in the public sector that occurs at the central
level, in particular with regard to funds aimed at the north, tends to
be associated with the conflict, whereas the various types of petty
corruption encountered by local businesspersons in Gulu, the largest
town in northern Uganda, are seen by these actors as normal or as
‘the way things are’.
Keywords: corruption; local business owners; Uganda; conflict
TidsskriftThird World Quarterly
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)821-835
Antal sider15
StatusUdgivet - 2014
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • corruption
  • local business owners
  • Uganda
  • conflict

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