2018, Blog, english, Kenya

How the use of technology can help in the fight against corruption in Kenya today

A worrying growth in looting of public money in scandals such as the Eurobond, the Ministry of Health and the troubled Kenya airways should be a wake-up call for the government to embrace the use of technology to curb such scenarios.

Data warehousing technology would enable government ministries and agencies to consolidate and standardize their current and historical data and other crucial records, a move that would help quickly realize and avert cases of embezzlement of public funds in a bid to stop the runaway corruption.
Data warehousing technology would candidly indicate operational data within government ministries including the amount of resources allocated to the ministries each financial year and how the money was used by the ministries.

The system would also provide a traceable and reliable history that would help track cases of mismanagement. If this technology had been in use at the economically hobbled Kenya Airways, the airline would still be the pride of Africa.

Whereas it’s welcoming to have Michael Joseph at the Kenya airways board, I don’t believe individuals alone can end corruption no matter their past achievement records. It’s important that technology takes important lead role in the fight against corruption.

Data warehousing technology has widely been utilized in many knowledge driven economies worldwide that have endeavored to ensure maximum accountability. The system has a proven ability that enables the management to extract, examine and store crucial internal and external data that are used in running organizations.

This technology is entirely dependable because external and internal data extracted into its directory can only be accessed but cannot be altered by any crooked individual that would be having ulterior motives. If adopted, financial information within the government ministries and agencies could only be accessed using approved passwords by known persons. The technology would further indicate when the information was accessed or altered in case an investigation was to be conducted.

It is high time the Kenyan government ended the over reliance on paper and adopted the use of technology because such expertise would further provide the public with online access in checking the historical trends and other calculations on how public money is being used by government agencies in dispensing services.
Corruption is on the increase and Kenya needs a system that would provide maximum government visibility to enable necessary counter measures to be taken well before government agencies like the national carrier take a dive.

Targeting the Youth to help in the Fight Against Corruption Using Technology

Transparency International Kenya’s Action for Transparency team organized a Social Media Engagement Forum at Kenyatta University, Parklands Campus which was also used to launch an App to report about corruption and share the same. This was the launch of A4T App.

The forum aimed to involve the youth in the fight against corruption and create awareness among them on issues of accountability within the Education and Health Sectors. The participants were involved in tweeting about the A4T App, its features, usability and usefulness in advancing transparency, accountability and importance of reporting corruption, as a form of raising awareness to the general public on how to track budgetary expenditure and report corruption through the Application.

The A4T team offered an award of airtime to buy Internet bundles to the top three individuals with the highest number of tweets, as a motivational token for taking part in this engagement. The team initiated a WIFI internet hotspot in order to provide internet for the participants. They were then introduced to the A4T App and then aided to download and install it into their mobile devices.

Participants were asked to tweet about the project, A4TApp, its features, usability and usefulness in advancing transparency and accountability, using the hashtag #A4TApp.

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