Corruption and Anti-corruption strategies

This event is an extended faculty seminar. Researchers, students and others who are interested in the subject are welcome to attend. Please register by sending an e-mail to Professor Tina Søreide.


Dr. Mark Pyman

"A practitioner’s experience of facilitating corruption reform in national defense and security organisations; With reference to experience in Afghanistan, Bulgaria, Burundi, Colombia, Georgia, Lebanon, Norway, Poland, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan and Ukraine."


Coffee break


National anti-corruption strategies; a comparative perspective

  • Intro by Tina Søreide
  • Mark Pyman: National Anti-Corruption strategies. New research report just being issued in mid-March.



Corruption in Afghanistan and the role of foreign players 

  • Intro and presentation by Arne Strand (CMI)
  • Mark Pyman: "Implementing AC strategy In Afghanistan, sector strategies, and the role of international donors."
  • Discussion.
  • Lise Stensrud (Norad): "A donor perspective on challenges. What can international players do better under such challenging circumstances?"
  • Discussion


Mark Pyman

Pyman is a Committee member of the Afghanistan Independent Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee. Appointed by the President, he is deeply involved in efforts to improve governance in Afghanistan.

Prior to his current role, he led a groundbreaking programme at the NGO ‘Transparency International’ on addressing corruption in the military, in the defence sector generally, and in police/security forces. From 2004 to 2015, he led the team’s work in over 30 countries and developed a global index of defence counter corruption capability, including detailed analyses of the defence corruption vulnerabilities of 130 countries.

He was instrumental in the negotiations leading to the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (2013) and in influencing NATO policy. He helped to create IFBEC, a collective action initiative for business and ethical conduct across the defence industry globally.

His earlier career was in the energy industry at Shell. He was Chief Financial Officer of major Shell companies in West Africa, China and elsewhere. He holds a PhD from the University of Western Australia, an MSc from Bath University and a first class honours degree from Birmingham University. He has authored or supervised some sixty publications.

Lise Stensrud

Policy Director on anti-corruption at the section for Development strategies and economic governance, Norad.

Stensrud has been working with corruption/anti-corruption for eight years providing advice and training to embassies, MFA and Norad, and been responsible for the Norwegian support to U4 anti-corruption resource center. She is also heading a group of «corruption hunters» - prosecutors and investigators - from around 20 developed and developing countries (which came about on the initiative by Eva Joly 12 years ago) who are meeting twice a year, with the aim of exchanging experience and knowledge.

Stensrud has worked abroad in various embassies and organizations for almost 20 years. She has been based in the Norwegian embassies in Managua, Nicaragua, Maputo, Mozambique, Dar es Salaam Tanzania and four years in Luanda, Angola. In the latter as a minister councilor, deputy head of mission and head of cooperation. During the war in Mozambique she worked as information officer for UNDP – where she travelled extensively despite the war. After the peace agreement in Mozambique was signed in 1992 Stensrud worked with the Norwegian Refugee Council with the repatriation and reintegration of Mozambican refugees.

Stensrud is a journalist of profession and studied economical history at the University of Uppsala. She started her career as a war journalist in El Salvador and Guatemala during the civil war in the beginning of 1980s stringing as a photographer and journalist mainly for the Norwegian newspaper Klassekampen and for the Salvadoran Human Right Commission, being one of very few Scandinavians covering that conflict. She had to leave El Salvador after receiving death threats and was escorted out of the country 1982 and left for Nicaragua.

Arne Strand

Director, U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre / Political Scientist focusing on peace, conflict, aid and Afghanistan.

Strand has a PhD in Post-war Recovery Studies where he studied coordination of humanitarian assistance in complex emergencies. His research focuses on aid coordination, forced migration and reintegration, peace-building and security sector reform and humanitarian and development assistance.

Strand has been team leader of several evaluations and research programmes in and on Afghanistan. He has extensive management experience from NGOs and research institutes, and has also been involved in developing management and professional capacities of Afghan NGOs and peacebuilding organisations.

From 15 June 2016 Strand holds the position as Director of the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre at CMI. Strand is coordinator at the Norwegian Centre for Humanitarian Studies.