To speak out and report about corruption can be risky in Kenya – even though corruption is viewed as one of the major problems. The lack of access to information about public funds disbursements makes it practically impossible to follow the money, especially by citizens. This makes the public funds very vulnerable to capture.
Bureaucratic obstacles as well as attitudes of over-protectiveness and suspicion frequently hamper free access to information. Kenyan 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.
However, the media's, civil society's and the government monitoring functions can reduce capture of public funds through provision of information on disbursements to citizens.
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.
By using a mobile phone or a computer with Internet access, anyone will be able to check the amount of government resources pledged to each school and health clinic within certain areas. If this does not match reality, you can report to Transparency International Kenya, using the App or the Web. Read more about Action for Trancparancy project here.
Up to 2,000 journalists, civil society activists and civil servants in the wider Embakasi area in Nairobi will be trained to access, assess and communicate information on government budgeting. In May 2015, a public awareness campaign was launched, promoting the app/web and inspiring journalists, civil servants, civil society activists and citizens to report on suspected corruption and mismanagement of public funds.