Top IT group creates new technology to thwart corruption
By Staff Reporter
A top IT group, Africa Innovation Trust (AIT), has come up with new technology which aims to combat massive corruption in the country through systems that allow the public to report cases of the vice via text, image, audio and video.
“AIT developed tools and platforms, namely ‘I See You’ (ICU) and ‘Tender Tracking Tool’ (T3), whose aim is to strengthen public accountability in Zimbabwe. The ICU is useful for reporting corruption whilst the T3 serves the purpose of promoting accountability in the tendering process,” reads a statement by the group.
Zimbabwe battles massive corruption often blamed for the collapse of a once thriving economy.
The current government has also been blamed for its softly approach to dealing with cases of corruption involving top Zanu PF loyalists.
According to a Transparency International index on corruption worldwide released January last year, Zimbabwe was ranked the 12th most corrupt country in the world and 11th in Africa.
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission has often been dismissed as a “toothless bulldog” through failure to clamp down on corruption by Zanu PF bigwigs.
BELOW IS THE FULL STATEME BY AIT…
New technology to thwart corruption
The Africa Innovation Trust (AIT), launches Africa Accountability (2.0) Project, a project which seeks to promote public accountability through development and deployment of contemporary innovations that allow citizens to report on incidents of corruption.
AIT has come up with information technology tools to combat corruption at the same time protecting citizens. The development will protect the whistle blowers from any form of victimisation and harm as they will do so secretly.
AIT notes the growing prevalence of reported cases of corruption in public institutions. However, these remain cases reported at the discretion of ‘gate keepers’, largely the media, both public and private. AIT’s intervention provides alternative tools and platforms that allow the public to report on corruption, significantly contribute, and participate on efforts towards promoting public accountability.
Since the inception of the project in May 2017, AIT has undertaken activities to build stakeholder capacities to demand and promote accountability in Zimbabwe.
AIT developed tools and platforms, namely ‘I See You’ (ICU) and ‘Tender Tracking Tool’ (T3), whose aim is to strengthen public accountability in Zimbabwe. The ICU is useful for reporting corruption whilst the T3 serves the purpose of promoting accountability in the tendering process.
AIT developed and deployed a mobile application ICU ‘I See You’ on Android, iOS, and Windows devices, downloaded ‘FREE’. The platform allows the public to report via (text, image, audio and video) on corruption. ICU is a first for Zimbabwe, SADC, Africa and beyond that respond to bulk of the concerns often raised around reporting cases of corruption. Among the concerns, are, quality of evidence, and safety of whistle blowers. The ICU, is a platform that provides a reporting function for up to date uploads and comments on critical developments in this remarkable time.
In addition, AIT successfully developed and deployed a Tender Tracking Tool (T3) that is custom designed to Capture, Track and Analyze a Tender Project performance.
The above-mentioned ICT tools shall complement already existing digital platforms, namely Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube and Search Engines in the fight against corruption.
At the back of the successful launch of Africa Accountability (2.0) project in Zimbabwe, AIT now focuses to customize the tools and platforms in preparation for a launch in Zambia and Malawi.
AIT urges all stakeholders to use these ICT platforms to promote transparency and accountability within their localities.
Moving forward AIT now focuses on promotion of the developed ICT tools and platforms for greater utilization by the publics.