Mobilizing citizens to monitor and report corruption cases in the delivery of aid and basic services

7 November 18:00 – 20:00

Session Description

People have long been left out in the implementation and monitoring of aid and basic services delivered by governments and aid organizations to their communities. Aid projects are still mainly using a top down approach, reducing people participation to validation exercises or baseline and evaluation surveys. The aim of the session “Mobilizing citizens to monitor and report corruption cases in the delivery of aid and basic service” is to showcase programs aiming at mobilizing and supporting people at the grassroots levels to play an active role in monitoring and reporting corruption and other types of grievances in aid delivered to their communities. Panellists will share innovative approaches to mobilize, train and involve citizens in monitoring aid projects delivered to their communities. Drawing on concrete programs and initiatives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya and Latin America, the discussion will look at creative solutions to make aid and services provision accountable to citizens, empower communities to have voice over aid and development projects and to bring key actors together – governments, international & national aid organizations and actors at the grassroots levels. Mobilizing and building the capacities of communities to monitor and report suspected cases of corruption in the delivery of aid and basic services is a sustainable solution to ensure effective and efficient provision of aid. The session will showcase good practices and examples of projects allowing communities to influence and voice their views in the way aid programmes are being implemented. People involvement in aid program ensures access to information of communities regarding their rights and entitlements. Community led monitoring groups are innovative solutions to deter corruption cases and other misappropriation of aid at the grassroots level.

Civic initiatives are powerful extra institutional approaches to curb corruption. Providing mechanisms for common people to monitor and report cases of corruption at the community level improve the quality and effectiveness of aid provided. It also creates objective and community owned feedback mechanisms for service providers to improve the relevance and modus operandi of their programs. Donors agencies, services providers and moreover, vulnerable groups targeted by aid programs delivering essential aid and services will benefit from those initiatives.

Session coordinator’s name:
Nicolas Seris
Transparency International Kenya

Expert Delivering Kick Off Inspirational Speech
Roslyn Hees
Transparency International
Topic: Accountability by aid and service providers has mainly been upwards, to the funders or sponsors of those programs (donors’ agencies, governments, international or local NGOs headquarters). Mobilizing communities to provide independent monitoring exercises of projects delivered to their communities and to report suspected cases of corruption is changing the accountability focus and compel s services providers to involve and inform communities in the design and implementation of their projects.

Shaazka Beyerle
International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
Topic: Empowering citizens to monitor internationally and domestically funded projects in Afghanistan

Samuel Kimeu
Transparency International Kenya
Topic: Enhancing beneficiary accountability mechanisms and participation in the delivery of Humanitarian aid in Kenya

Samuel Rotta Castilla
Topic: Citizen monitoring of cash transfer program in five countries in Latin America.

Saad Rasheed,
Transparency International Pakistan
Topic: Complaint centres and beneficiary hotline in Pakistan

Michael Carrol
Topic: Major corruption trends in the implementation of international development programmes

Nicolas Seris
Transparency International Kenya

Pilar Domingo
Transparency International Secretariat

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