From whistleblowing to community monitoring on East African borders

Originally published on GI-ACE Corruption, both petty and grand in scale, is a well-known problem facing traders crossing East Africa’s borders. It shows up in survey after survey and, like corruption more generally in the region, deeply affects the poor and is often gendered. This is hardly surprising. The 2019 Global Corruption Monitor results show the majority of African citizens surveyed from…

African anti-corruption agencies and the problem of independence

Originally published on GI-ACE Anti-corruption law enforcement in Africa is facing multiple challenges, ranging from a lack of resources to the difficulty of producing evidence that holds up in court. This blog post focuses on one aspect of anti-corruption law enforcement that has proven to be particularly challenging: the independence of most African anti-corruption agencies. Originally deemed…

Moving beyond transparency: Unfinished business in open data for anti-corruption

Originally published on Open Data Charter Corruption is a structural issue, depriving citizens of funding for essential services and limiting wealth creation opportunities, while damaging the trust, legitimacy, and effectiveness of public institutions. Tackling corruption requires coordinated efforts, including political will, legal frameworks, and accountable institutions. Opening up critical data can be a powerful tool…

Penguin and Nigerian Currency

Statistical challenges and ‘cash for penguins’

Originally published on GI-ACE Across a range of macroeconomic measures, the years of 2015 and 2016 brought on marked changes in Nigeria’s public, political, and economic arenas. We focus on these years because more recent data is harder to locate. Observers familiar with the country will know that gross domestic product (and government fiscal revenue)…

How can top-down audits and social audits respond to the changing technology of service delivery in India?

Originally published on GI-ACE On 24 September 2019, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR), in association with the Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence (GI-ACE) research programme, hosted a workshop on ‘Audit and Anti-Corruption Measures in India.’ The workshop brought together government officials, policy activists, and researchers to deliberate on finding possible complementarities between social audits and top-down audits, with a…

sustainable development goal icons in circle around transparency accountability participation

Beyond budget allocations and datasets: Transparency, accountability, and participation strategies for achieving sustainable development goals

The Sustainable Development 2030 Agenda—which consists of 17 sustainable development goals, or SDGs—aims to eradicate poverty around the world. Transparency, accountability, and participation (TAP) are essential if SDG stakeholders are to translate this ambitious agenda into reality. Achieving these developmental goals requires transparency around data essential for making and measuring progress. It also requires key…