Corruption: What We Do & How We Work

In the struggle against corruption, we believe that an integrated and holistic approach that promotes prevention is needed. This includes institutional reform programmes that, inter alia, address governance structures and legal frameworks. Additionally, actions that contribute to changes in public and institutional ethical frameworks and advances values, attitudes and behaviours in respect of rule of law, works to fulfil the enjoyment of human rights and leaves no-one behind.

This includes strengthening collaborations between civil society, academic institutions, the business community, local councils, anti-corruption bodies, national human rights institutions, the media, and criminal justice institutions.

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute is increasingly addressing the relationship between corruption and human rights, to document and communicate the negative impact of corruption on human rights. Moreover, we seek to identify how rights-based and anti-corruption programming could mutually reinforce each other for the benefit of increased enjoyment of human rights and reduced corruption.

We develop new innovative approaches to education, training and awareness-raising, building new partnerships across sectors and mandates. We also create novel research and develop documentation on the causes, consequences and mitigating and preventive measures of human rights and corruption nexus.

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Morten Koch Andersen

Morten Koch Andersen

Deputy Research Director, Senior Researcher


Morten Koch Andersen holds a PhD in International Development Studies from Roskilde University. His research interests are in the fields of human rights documentation, rule of law practices, public authority, corruption, torture and violence, impunity and discretion, and unequal citizenship.

He specializes in the interdisciplinary study of the nexus between corruption, human rights and development, mainly in South Asia.

The key questions of his research are, the paradoxes and dilemmas in:

  • The interactions between violent political organizations and their members.
  • The effects on impunity on individuals, institutions, and society?
  • The motivational aspects of choice making in corruption.

He has several years of experience as programme manager of development cooperation in relation to prevention of torture and rehabilitation of survivors – during and after violent conflict, and in places of detention. I have worked on institutional and legal reform, establishments of support systems, education of health and legal professionals, and of prison and police authorities. He has managed partnership collaborations in Europe, North, South and West Africa.

Currently, he advises national human rights institutes, anti-corruption institutes and universities on the relationships between corruption and human rights, and their implications for institutions, individuals and societies, in Africa, Asia and Caucasus.

He has previously been guest researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies, senior researcher at the Danish Institute Against Torture. Currently, he is affiliated researcher at the Center for Global Criminology at University of Copenhagen, external lecturer in Global Studies at Roskilde University and teaches at the International Anti-Corruption Academy.

He has worked with the UNODC on the development of educational material on the nexus between human rights and corruption, and developed web-based educational material on corruption and human rights, and violent mobilization for high school education.

For further updates on his research, please refer to his Research profile:

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Addressing Corruption through Research, Collaboration and Education