During 4 days we discussed the phenomenon of corruption, its manifold faces and theoretical models that try to explain under which circumstances are most likely to happen. Not surprisingly we figured out that the political system in Belarus appears to be a fruitful soil for corruption to prosper. Further we analyzed the different types and the main causes for corrupt behaviors in Belarus. The simulation game “Bribania” provided a suitable framework, within which the participants could develop measures and combine them to a holistic strategy in order to fight corruption. The actors of the simulation game had different approaches and preferences regarding the fight against corruption. As a matter of fact it was even in the interest of some to spoil any kind of anticorruption-agreement in order to protect their own interests.
21 persons from different regions in Belarus participated in this workshop to learn more about strategies to fight corruption in their homeland.
From this it becomes clear that the simulation game had goals on two levels. On the one level, the efficiency of possible measures was discussed and moreover the complexity of the negotiation process and its influence on the overall strategy became accessible to the participants. Thus the simulation game provided the participants with a fruitful basis to develop their own projects. In the end of the workshop we had six project-ideas designed by the participants to fight corruption. All of them took place on a local level and aimed to increase transparency in the municipalities.