In Tanzania, there is a lack of access to information about public funds disbursements, especially by citizens, which incapacitates their ability to follow the money, thereby making public funds vulnerable to capture.
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.
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. A pilot is presently being planned in Temeke District in Dar es Salaam.
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. If this does not match reality, you can report by using a secure platform – the App or the Web. Read more here.
Up to 2,000 journalists, civil society activists and civil servants in the capital district will be trained to access, assess and communicate information on government budgeting. In 2015, a public awareness campaign will be 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.