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Center for the Study of Bribery, Extortion and Coercion Situations


About us: CESSEC

The Center for the Study of Bribery, Extortion and Coercion Situations (CESSEC in Spanish) is an organization established under the auspices of Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) to enable individuals to ethically, safely and successfully overcome the seemingly insurmountable pressures to pay, accept, demand or hide bribes.

Our Approach: Positive Deviance (PD)

The PD approach is centered on identifying the existing but hidden tools that a few members of a community already use to solve apparently invincible problems. This approach has also been used for problems such as childhood malnutrition, community reintegration of female child soldiers, female genital mutilation, and MRSA deaths in U.S. hospitals, among others. 




Site Center. Calle del Establo y Calle E. Tower I, Of. 302 Cumbayá (Quito) Ecuador


Bruce Horowitz bhorowitz@cessec.org

t: (+593-2) 398 29 00 ext. 5207


What we do:

Research & Analysis:

We conduct research and mentor research by others on bribery, extortion and coercion situations, and on successful strategies and techniques that individuals and groups can use in these situations.  Also, we conduct basic or pure social scientific research that may lead to the better understanding of these situations.

Open Communication:

We maintain open communication with individuals and communities about successful tactics that have been used to avoid paying, accepting, extorting and hiding bribes. We share our findings and we help individuals and groups communicate what works in dealing with these type of situations.


We provide training sessions, workshops, courses and seminars on negotiation tactics, the PD approach, and the results of our research to help individuals in bribery, extortion and coercion situations. Likewise, we provide seminars and training courses on compliance with national and foreign anti-corruption law.


Helping individuals, organizations and communities to successfully, ethically and safely navigate bribery, extortion and coercion situations.
We do not point fingers.
We do not take names.
— Bruce Horowitz


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