Last week we were at the International Anti-Corruption Conference, where we spent most of our time looking for people who had done innovative and successful things with new technologies for anti-corruption advocacy. The theme of the event — held every two years — was citizen mobilization, and most of the cases that we looked at had to do with finding new ways to engage citizens in the fight against “petty” or small scale corruption. Throughout the next few weeks we’ll be looking closer at these cases (listed below) with an eye towards organizing and analyzing them so that they are as helpful as possible for practitioners.
Data Aggregation & Collection:
- Skaidrumolinija – corruption reporting, Lithuania
- Sema Usikike – corruption reporting, Kenya
- I Paid a Bribe Kenya – corruption reporting, Kenya
- Aybolit – reporting corruption free exchanges with doctors, Ukraine
- Mamdawrinch – corruption reporting, Morocco
- I Paid a Bribe – corruption reporting, India
- I Paid a Bribe Pakistan – corruption reporting, Pakistan
- Stop It. Period. – corruption reporting, Greece
- Manoseimas – campaign finance transparency, Lithuania
- Draw a Red Line – corruption reporting, Macedonia
Some Combination of Data Aggregation & Crowdsourcing:
- Bribe Market – corruption reporting with a twist, Romania
- Check My School – education budget transparency and civic engagement platform, The Philippines
As you can see, there are a lot of corruption reporting platforms out there, so the trick will be in finding out what makes each successful (or not successful). This will likely require including one or two that were not represented at the IACC – for instance the Punjab Model in Pakistan. Are there any other initiatives not mentioned that we should take a look at? Please let us know in the comments!