I Paid A Bribe

That heading stopped you in your tracks didn’t it!

Actually it is NOT that McLeod Governance has – or ever would – paid a bribe that is the subject of today’s Report of the Week.

Instead we are taking a slight detour from the norm and highlighting not a report but a website.

The website is called I Paid A Bribe.

The website is the product of an Indian not for profit organisation called Janaagraha which seeks to strengthen democracy in India.

IPaidABribe is Janaagraha’s initiative to essentially crowdsource information on the nature, number, pattern, types, location, frequency and values of actual corruption.  Janaagrapha then uses the information submitted to argue for improving governance systems and procedures.

Similar efforts have been launched in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Azerbaijan, Greece, Pakistan, Kosovo and Ukraine with another eight jurisdictions to be launched soon.

This initiative is a wonderful example of the marriage of technology and information.

In the past the honest citizens have had the information of public and private misdeeds but not the mechanism to securely and anonymously submit instances of known corruption.

The technology is not new – nearly all corporate whistleblowing systems are based on the technology that is being deployed.

So what is different this time?

The difference – and hence our interest – is that this is being done on a whole of country state.

Yes there are some self reporting biases to be considered but such matters should not diminish from what could be a real game changer in the fight of the devil of corruption and malicious misadventure.

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