There are a couple of really interesting comments to past blogs on this topic. I also like the 2005 piece by Alan Doig,David Watt and Robert Williams about anti corruption commissions in 5 African countries. http://www.u4.no/themes/aacc/finalreport.pdf The authors find that expectations of effectiveness (largely on the part of donors) are unclear and too short sighted, and complicate the ability of governments to build long term capacities to actually combat corruption. Governments must keep the donors happy to get continued support, but the support usually falls short anyway...so everyone gets stuck. How do governments and donors get out of this situation and actually do things that help development happen?