«Bribania» - a simulation game on corruption

From February 10 to 13, 2023, CRISP implemented the simulation game "Bribania" for 13 participants in a workshop organized by the European Center for Kurdish Studies in the German city Loccum, which focused on anti-corruption. The participants were Syrian civil society activists including political activists, women's rights activists and academics.

The corruption of the Syrian regime was one of the reasons why the revolution started in 2011. However, more than eleven years later, even among the broader opposition, there is a perception that it does not always consistently pursue corruption and profit-making within its own ranks.
The aim of this workshop was to raise awareness of what corruption is, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, to develop ideas on how to successfully fight corrupt structures on the legal level and beyond in the future Syria.
In order to provide participants with an interactive approach to the topic in addition to expert lectures, our team members implemented one of the Bribania simulation games, which is based on the development of an anti-corruption strategy for a fictional country that aims to join the fictional Arab Union for economic benefits.
After developing an anti-corruption strategy within the game, participants stepped out of their roles and started a process of guided reflection by answering the questions of what resources are needed to implement this strategy, who are the stakeholders needed to realize this strategy, and how can its success be measured.