IFHV Winter School 2021
Winter/Spring School ‘Corruption, Data and the Sustainable Development Goals’   TransparencyInternational

25.02.2021 – 05.03.2021

Preparatory Meeting:

Online via Zoom

25.02.2021 (9:00 – 18:00) Day 1: Winter/Spring School Overview

26.02.2021 (9:00 – 18:00) Day 2: Governance indicators and data sources

01.03.2021 (9:00 – 18:00) Day 3: Case Study – The Indonesian Governance Index (IGI)

02.03.2021 (9:00 – 18:00) Day 4: Developing an Advocacy Plan

04.03.2021 (9:00 – 18:00) Day 5: Anti-corruption and the SDGs

05.03.2021 (9:00 – 18:00) Day 6: Presentation of Assignments, Evaluation and Farewell

Link: Registration Form 


The Winter School aims to equip participants with the knowledge and the skills needed to collect, analyze and use governance data to monitor corruption and promote anti-corruption reforms across the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework.

The Winter School is designed to bring together students from various disciplines with anti-corruption practitioners to foster innovative approaches to curbing corruption in sectors such as health, education, justice, water and sanitation and climate action.

The cases of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Afghanistan and Indonesia will serve as examples of how corruption negatively influences development and reconstruction while threatening security and undermining peacebuilding. A key element of the course is that the participants are expected to produce a “roadmap” to fight a specific corruption problem, using governance data with linkages to the SDG framework. At the end of each learning session, the participants are required to answer a few short questions relating to their own corruption problem for which they are developing a road map. In answering these questions, the participants identify key players who can help them, map out relevant indicators and datasets for assessing and measuring corruption, and come up with an advocacy strategy.

The Winter School is offered as a partnership between Transparency International (TI), the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict (IFHV) at Ruhr University Bochum, and Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO).

The Winter School is open to B.A. and M.A. students from all faculties. Additionally, students from any other field of study are able to participate, space permitting.

The entrance requirements for the Winter School are a sound knowledge of English, at least two completed semesters of study and an interest in humanitarian action, corruption and sustainable development, including the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as in the interdisciplinary exchange with other students. Applicants should write a short motivation letter (max. 300 words) and apply online together with a short CV.

The application process will start the 1st  of March 2020 and will end the 31st of January 2021.

The number of participants is limited to 30 students. Applicants will receive more and detailed information after being admitted.

Due to current hygiene measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic, it can be assumed that the course cannot take place in person. In response, we have developed a Zoom course. In order to prevent students from having to attend digital sessions for six consecutive days, the teaching days were changed, so that the students and teaching staff have enough breaks.


Readings for the Preparatory Literature Review (2 pages) in order to prepare the Winter School (hand-in on first day of the Winter School (February 25, 2021):

Focal question of the literature review: What are the key characteristics of the current status of democracy globally and how could these characteristics contribute to the breadth and depth of corruption?

Buyon, N., I. Linzer, T. Roylance and A. Slipowitz 2020: Freedom in the World Available from:

2020: Freedom in the World Research. Available from:

On Data Revolution: The Economist. (2017): The World’s Most Valuable Resource is No Longer Oil, But Data. Available from:

Governance Data Alliance. 2016: Governance Data. Who uses it and why? Available from:

Transparency International. 2017. Monitoring Corruption and Anti-Corruption in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Resource Guide. Berlin: Transparency International. Available from:


3 ECTS for active participation + presentation

5 ECTS for active participation + presentation + course study specific paper (Roadmap)

6 ECTS for active participation + presentation + course study specific paper (Roadmap) + additional Literature Review




Link: Registration Form

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