KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

Abraham Mariita

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM
THIS CASE STUDY

Policy/decision-makers
Communities
Civic Tech
Media

KEY CATEGORIES

Transparency

Accountability

Corruption

Citizen Empowerment

CONTACT CTIN

CASE STUDY

A4T: Fighting Corruption and empowering citizens through ICT tools

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

Action for Transparency

info@actionfortransparency.org

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

Live

Kenya

2015

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CASE STUDY

Action for Transparency (A4T) is a pioneering project that fights corruption and mismanagement of government funds by putting the power to change in the hands of citizens. Using a mobile phone with Internet access, anyone is able to check the amount of government money pledged to each school and health clinic – and the amount actually spent.
Action for Transparency (A4T) seeks to empower citizens in Kenya to report suspected corruption and mismanagement of public funds through ICT Tools like the A4T App.

Action for Transparency (A4T) is a pioneering project that fights corruption and mismanagement of government funds by putting the power to change in the hands of citizens. The A4T project was first implemented in Uganda and Zambia before being transferred to Kenya in May 2015. In Kenya, the project was first implemented in Embakasi Sub-County alone as a pilot, before being expanded to cover the entire Nairobi County. Currently, the project is operating in 11 other counties with the support of local partner organisations, through funding from URAIA – DANIDA.

WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM AND APPROACH?

The Problem

Kenya is faced with many challenges that are exacerbated by corruption, poverty, ill health, and youth unemployment.
Schools and health centres do not receive the funds they are entitled to and then they demand fees from the parents or charge their patients. Parents and patients who in turn do not know what rights they have, says Action for Transparency Project Coordinator Abraham Mariita.
In 2018, Kenya was placed 143 out of 180 countries measured by Transparency International based on the degree of corruption in the public sector. Statistics from Kenya confirmed how hard hit by corruption in the country is.
According to a study by the Kenyan Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, bribery and corruption are most common in the country’s police. The healthcare sector is the second most corrupt while the education system placed fourth on the list.

The Solution

Action for Transparency empowers citizens and government employees to act on corruption experienced in their daily lives. Using a mobile phone with Internet access, anyone is able to check the amount of government money pledged to each school and health clinic – and the amount actually spent. By exposing which institutions and individuals are involved in corruption and providing the data to journalists and activist groups, Action for Transparency hope to make corruption less attractive.
A4T also works with outreach activities in various districts of Nairobi where school leaders, health care staff and parents get to know more about budgets, rights and what they themselves can do about corruption. Ten digging journalists have received a scholarship through A4T to be able to work with investigations of corruption.

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