Replacing corruption with cultures of integrity

Public service officials are often confronted with the challenge of defining and tackling public corruption, as mixed motives, power dynamics, and human psychology interact closely to state authority. As these are only a few of the challenges that emphasise the complexities in tackling corruption, how can officials maintain ethical conduct while navigating the demands of public service?

This three-day, intensive programme is designed to equip public leaders and managers from any country or organisation with the practical skills and strategies required to replace endemic corruption with cultures of integrity. You will gain the necessary tools to measure the extent of corruption and the confidence to displace corruption and shape the culture of your country or organisation.

The programme draws on experience from across the globe and has been developed by Oxford’s leading experts to tackle and scale corruption, drawing on examples from high-income, middle-income, and low-income countries, and covering institutions as varied as police forces, state-owned enterprises, and tax authorities.


At a glance
Applications for 2024 are now closed
Programme dates 1–3 May 2024
Duration3 days
Cost £3,750 – includes accommodation and all meals
Alumni discountBlavatnik School alumni are entitled to a 25% discount

The programme breaks the stereotype of addressing corruption. It helps you look at how to build cultures for long term change rather than developing rules and paint a veneer of success. I highly recommend it to public officials who are reformists and ready to turn around their respective institutions. 

Rueben Lifuka, Zambia Country Lead, Chandler Foundation Zambia, 2024 Participant
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Course topics
  • Understanding corruption and anti-corruption
  • Diagnosing patterns of corruption in diverse context
  • Demonstrating accountability for past corruption
  • Developing strategies and tactics for turnaround
  • Monitoring integrity, building trust and changing culture.
Participant profile

The course is open to officials leading or planning a turnaround, senior or mid-senior officials addressing entrenched corruption in the departments or institutions they oversee, as well as those working in anti-corruption organisations such as anti-corruption commissions, audit institutions, specialised investigation and prosecution departments, and financial investigation units.

We also welcome those in the civil society and the commercial sectors supporting anti-corruption efforts.

Application Process

Admission to this programme is selective and based on professional achievements, organisational responsibilities and personal motivations. To apply, complete the online application form and attach your CV and organisational chart. You will then have a phone interview with one of our Recruitment Managers to determine your eligibility. 

Course Logistics

The course is a highly practical and interactive programme and will take place at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford. Lectures, global case studies, simulations, and seminar style discussions will offer an effective forum in which to discuss challenges and develop the skills and confidence to shape the culture of your organisation.


The total cost of the course is £3,750. This includes tuition over three days from world-class experts and academics, accommodation, and meals. The course fees exclude overseas transport, visas or other incidentals. 

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The Oxford Experience

Our programmes immerse you in the intellectual culture of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Its excellence and international profile rivals that of any university in the world, and the University has been educating global leaders for over 800 years.

Our residential programmes, as well as our fellowships, offer opportunities to explore the city and its famous colleges. Many include walking tours of the city’s most important historical and politically relevant places, as well as formal dinners in centuries-old Oxford dining halls. And you will get the best of both the old and the new by being based from the ultramodern award-winning Blavatnik School building.

Whether in residence or online, you will be tapping into the extraordinary depth and breadth of research excellence found at Oxford University, as well as its power to convene people from all over the world. All our executive programmes are led by a member of the Blavatnik School faculty, who are leading Oxford professors and associate professors.