TI Project: Women’s Political Participation and Corruption

A team of researchers at UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance has been mandated by Transparency International (TI) to conduct a study on female politicians’ engagement in the fight against corruption. The overarching aim of this project is to generate evidence to promote female politicians’ leadership in transparency and anti-corruption policies. Within the framework of SDG 16 (Sustainable Governance) and SDG 5 (Gender Equality), TI is committed to mainstream gender in its fight against corruption. Led by Dr. Ortrun Merkle, the team was asked to develop and test a methodology that can later be applied locally by each national chapter of Transparency International. The regional focus of this pilot project is Latin America; Argentina and Mexico were selected as the two pilot countries. Researcher Clara Alberola conducted fieldwork in Argentina in coordination with Poder Ciudadano. PhD fellow Charlotte Mueller and research intern Sandra Arellano conducted fieldwork in Mexico with the support of Transparencia Mexicana. TI aims to present the results of this pilot study during an event on 8 March 2019, the International Women’s Day