„Maybe – I would say surely – until systematic accountability is built into government, no management improvements will do the job.“
Can transparency really reduce corruption in development aid? A very well known study by Reinikka and Svensson about the public funding of primary schools in Uganda suggests that the publication of budget details contributed to reducing leakage (money lost in the system) from about 80% to 20%. The system, that was actually used in Uganda was Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS). A study published by the Anti-Corruption Resource Centre U4 highlights the conditions for budget tracking to reduce corruption.
How do you get civil society engaged in public online monitoring of your project? Even if you design a killer website for interaction among stakeholders, it will be of absolutely no value without visitors. And chances are that unless you're a seasoned search engine optimizer or have a very large budget at your disposal, nobody will ever find your website. This is where social networks enter the picture.
Eine wirksame Entwicklungshilfe braucht das Feedback der Hilfsempfänger und Rechenschaftslegung um wirksam zu sein. Moderne Technologie kann einen wichtigen Beitrag zu einem verbesserten Informationsfluss leisten.
In Kooperation mit StudentInnen aus Afrika und Asien plant OpenAid in 2012 ein Pilotprojekt zu "Public Online Monitoring".
"We will make aid more transparent. Developing countries will facilitate parliamentary oversight by implementing greater transparency in public financial management, including public disclosure of revenues, budgets, expenditures, procurement and audits. Donors will publicly disclose regular, detailed and timely information on volume, allocation and, when available, results of development expenditure to enable more accurate budget, accounting and audit by developing countries."
Accra Agenda for Action, 2008
"Transparency and accountability are essential elements for development results. They lie at the heart of the Paris Declaration, in which we agreed that countries and donors would become more accountable to each other and to their citizens."