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Technology has proven to be better way to fight corruption.
Corruption affects not just the financial level of the country but also the social level of a country reducing citizen’s trust in organisations. Technology has proven to be better way to fight corruption, in Benin for example, a youth group set up an app to fight the scourge called Anticorr meaning “anti-corruption”. It is a device that allows to denounce acts of corruption and will provide information on the state of this phenomenon in Benin.
The app works in four major steps to unmask the corruption: Geolocation, confirmation of the act of corruption, explanation or photo and a note of satisfaction. Roland Alavo one of the app builders said “Anticorr is an application that fights against corruption on three fronts. The first part is giving users information about the anti-corruption laws in Benin. Second is denunciation by providing users with a toll-free number to reach the anti-corruption authorities in Benin to submit their complaints. We receive each complaint and rank the top corrupt companies monthly. The ranking serves two purposes.The primary goal is to pressure these organisations to punish those responsible so that corruption incidents are minimized in Benin. Second is to trace the top corrupt organizations so that authorities can crack down.”
BudgIT a Lagos-based organization, is exposing down bad practices. For the last three years, this young company has been developing an online collaborative tool, Tracka, which aims to make public expenditure information accessible to all and to allow the hunt for funded and yet abandoned projects. The interface is very simple and accessible.
For instance if in a school project is decided and financed by the government and nothing is happening on the site, it can bee identified on the map set up by Tracka . The objective is to measure concretely if the project is false or not.
Fewer human interactions are needed in delivering public and private services to reduce corruption. Several countries are relying on technology by deploying communications infrastructure to promote the widespread use of electronic services, from online tax declarations to medical prescriptions.