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Exploring corruption in the South African health sector

This article discusses corruption in the South African health sector. The researchers used a combination of research methods and triangulated data from three sources: Auditor-General of South Africa reports for each province covering a 9-year period; 13 semi-structured interviews with health sector key informants and a content analysis of print media reports covering a 3-year period.

Compliance and digitalisation: How technology can foster transparency in African countries

How can governments and the private sector apply digital technologies to enhance transparency and integrity? This report looks at examples of digital solutions that contribute to better governance in African countries.

Two fields of applications are the focus of this report: public procurement, company registries and payments. In these areas, technological innovation can be applied to empower citizens, build trust in the integrity of processes, cut red tape and reduce corruption risks.

The report examines two country case studies in more detail: first, it looks at Kenya, which introduced electronic procurement in 2014 and is seen as a global innovation leader in mobile payments. Second, the report covers Ghana, where the Alliance for Integrity has promoted a business-driven, multi-stakeholder approach seeking to improve transparency and integrity in the economic system, and where the government has committed to open up public contracting.

The findings of this report are based on desk research and 18 interviews conducted with representatives of the private sector, government bodies, donors, think tanks and civil society activists in Nairobi and Accra in November 2017

The Africa Data Revolution Report 2016

This report examines the current state of the data ecosystem in Africa, its desired end state, and the
gaps in between. It also provides recommendations on how to bridge these gaps. It maps the current
data ecosystem in Africa in terms of purpose, actors, principles and protocols; legal, legislative and policy frameworks; technological infrastructure, tools and platforms; and the dynamic interactions between purposes, actors, frameworks, technologies and systems.

Open it to fix it: How Nigerians are shedding light on public deals with data

A blog by the Open Contracting Partnership describing the implementation of open contracting in Nigeria and the role of social accountability mechanisms.

National pharmaceutical procurement and supply chain institutions: Report

Examples of national pharmaceutical procurement and supply chain institutions were identified through rapid search and input from experts. Institutions identified were largely from Africa. Up-to-date details of the governance of these institutions was not easy to find within the scope of this work. The resources in the annotated bibliography of this report include grey literature and media articles to give some information where strong evidence in this area is lacking. This overview highlights some of the findings on institutions from different countries.

West Africa Open Contracting Assessment Project

The purpose of this report by Development Gateway is to support scoping studies on open contracting in West Africa and to identify  potential British interests and priorities in the region. The goal for this project was to gauge the state of openness of public procurement processes in five West African countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Liberia and Guinea) and to identify opportunities for procurement reform  and the adoption of Open Contracting Principles.

This paper looks specifically at international (and especially British) company interests in these five markets. They analysed third party surveys and indices of the corruption environment, especially around public  procurement, and have conducted our own interviews of 17 companies with a long-term commitment to, and knowledge of, these markets.

Design Research for Inclusive Technology

Believing that user-centered design was critical to do this well, Wikimedia partnered with Reboot, and together we researched the information and internet needs, habits, and constraints of users in priority countries. Side by-side, Reboot and Wikimedia staff conducted in-depth design research with over 100 diverse users in India and Nigeria. Based on the findings, they identified opportunities for Wikipedia to grow its reach and impact, including through new features, strategies, and partnerships—and through
harnessing the passion and energy of its global community.

Keeping the Receipts: Transparency, Accountability, and Legitimacy in Emergency Responses

The Spring 2020 Fiscal Monitor called on governments “to do what it takes” in launching emergency
measures to address the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people and firms, “but to keep the
receipts.” Commensurate with the magnitude of the economic and health crisis, massive fiscal support
packages 2 have been adopted by governments, including a variety of revenue and expenditure measures
(e.g., additional expenditure on healthcare, cash transfers to households and businesses, loan guarantees,
and equity injections). This note argues that ensuring fiscal transparency, public accountability, and
institutional legitimacy are the main pillars of “keeping the receipts.” It provides guidance and best public
financial management (PFM) practices, drawing on cross-country examples.

User centred design for increasing Open Data use

How a strategic understanding of current and potential users of city data—and their role in the data ecosystem—is helping New York City realize its promise of Open Data for All.

ICT for Accountable Public Service Delivery – Nigeria

Improved public service delivery begins with knowing whether the services offered are working as intended. But too often public service providers lack the means to solicit citizen feedback. When feedback is available, the data typically represents the interests of only a fraction of users. This is especially true in Nigeria where persistent underdevelopment of infrastructure, including roads, internet access, and electricity, constrains the ability of the country’s poor to provide feedback. Those who stand to gain the most from effective public services have the fewest opportunities to input on their design.


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