In Tanzania, there is a lack of citizens’ access to information about how public funds are disbursed. This makes corrupt practices more likely as it is difficult to follow the money trail. Bureaucratic obstacles as well as attitudes of over-protectiveness and suspicion frequently hamper free access to information. Tanzanian journalists and human rights activists have generally little knowledge of how to access, assess and communicate information about government budgets. Journalism training does not generally provide for specialization in economic or financial reporting.
“Action for Transparency” is a pioneering concept by Fojo Media Institute that fights corruption and mismanagement of government funds by putting the power to change in the hands of citizens. Using a mobile phone or a computer with Internet access, anyone can check the amount of government resourcespledged to each school and health clinic. If this does not match reality, you can report it by using a secure platform using a special app or the web. Read more here.
In 2014, Fojo Media Institute researched the issue in the Temeke District in Dar es Salaam. The conclusion was that the Tanzanian mobile market was not mature enough to expect a successful implementation of the concept in Tanzania. The Action for Transparency concept has now developed and is presently being implemented in selected districts in Kenya, see here.