Tools and ecosystems that counter corruption and make governance more accessible

Supporting tools and ecosystems that make governance more accessible

What is HackCorruption?

HackCorruption is an Accountability Lab initiative that aims to combat corruption globally by stimulating the innovative use of technology to address accountability gaps and build systemic integrity. With our partners, Development Gateway and the Center for Private Enterprise, we work with diverse stakeholders to develop, track, refine and apply new and existing technological solutions to systemic challenges of corruption. We have found that the largest gaps within this ecosystem are at the meso-level, among smaller and medium-sized businesses, small CSOs and local governments who may not have the resources, in-house skills or pathways to develop technologies that can support them to address anti-corruption issues. They also don’t have the capacity to offset corruption risks.

HackCorruption brings together motivated individuals from the civic tech, CSO, and activist arenas, to build these innovative solutions to combat corruption. The program starts with the selection and orientation of diverse regional teams from the targeted countries. These teams then develop early prototypes of their solutions and pitch them to a panel of judges. The teams with selected solutions participate in a bootcamp and receive $10,000 to support the development and launch of their solution. Through the design, development, and launch of solutions, teams also receive ongoing support and are linked with a network of others working in the same space.

By the Numbers

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Innovators from 19 countries have participated in 4 regional hackathons since July 2022
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Project partners are currently supporting the development of 23 new anti-corruption tools
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Of participants report that they’ve meaningfully increased their govtech network

A Few Winning Tools

ePMS

ePMS is a monitoring tool for the e-procurement system in Bangladesh and Nepal, enabling third-party or civil society monitoring of procurement. The system will flag potential corruption using a series of indicators, such as the frequency of awards to single contractors, reduced time between bidding deadlines and award dates, and dummy bidding, among others.

Keyping

Keyping: Integrated Knowledge for Ethical Procurement is a collaborative and open tool designed to create knowledge graphs from various interconnected data sources. It helps represent complex data in a more readable manner, facilitating insights and connections. A knowledge graph can link individuals, organizations, transactions, and events, fostering the identification of hidden patterns and irregularities.

Caja Publica

Caja Publica is a web application that allows users to access information about beneficial owners or state contracting at the local and national level in Colombia. It offers an optimized search engine, data visualization, data analytics, and customized alerts to ensure that the data is easy for people to find and understand.

Support my School

The Support My School platform tracks financial allocations and education spending from the national level through each level of government to individual schools. It hosts data from spending allocations from national government as well as local government data on actual spending and reports on education outcomes at the school level. It provides data visualizations and creates spaces for engagement.

Process in action

This video explains the ideation process of the iKeep team from HackCorruption Colombia. They are developing a one-stop shop for decoding corruption data in public procurement. The platform is designed for citizens, journalists, researchers, and government decision-makers interested in analyzing information at a national and transnational level for signs of potential corruption and leveraging this analysis for subsequent actions. 

Produced by Andrew Benson

Strategic HackCorruption themes

To date, the tools developed through HackCorruption include:

  • Procurement monitoring systems that allow citizens to track government procurement and other contracting processes, and flag irregularities that could point to corruption.
  • Combining digitization of property ownership documents with blockchain technology to prevent corruption in land sales, and increase government tax revenue;
  • Visualizing publicly available data about elected officials and coupling it with family tree and beneficial ownership data to give citizens clarity on their elected officials’ business and family ties;
  • Web-based knowledge graphs that illustrate national and transnational procurement data;
  • Participatory tools that allow citizens to report on how infrastructure and other development projects are implemented in their area

Problem Statements

01

Budget and Ownership
Transparency

Create ideas that lead to greater budget transparency for government agencies and beneficial ownership transparency in the private sector. 

02

Open Contracting & Transparency of Public Procurement

Create solutions to reduce corruption & fraud in the public contracting process by increasing transparency and ensuring proper delivery of essential public goods and services to citizens. 

03

Digital Citizenship to Constrain Corruption

Create solutions that increase civic participation to collectively solve problems, such as protecting digital civic space, enabling safe whistleblowing, or monitoring and ensuring the proper delivery of government goods and services. 

04

Climate Finance Transparency

Create solutions that increase transparency in government expenditure in relation to climate change and energy transition interventions.

Participants will be encouraged to create tools and approaches to curb the threat of transnational corruption within the scope of any of the 4 problem sets above. Transnational corruption crosses borders, involves global networks, and strips countries of their wealth in a massive transfer of resources from developing to developed countries.

Problem Statements

01

Budget and
Ownership
Transparency

Create ideas that lead to greater budget transparency for government agencies and beneficial ownership transparency in the private sector.

02

Open Contracting
& Transparency of
Public Procurement

Create solutions to reduce corruption & fraud in the public contracting process by increasing transparency and ensuring proper delivery of essential public goods and services to citizens.

03

Digital
Citizenship to Constrain
Corruption

Create solutions that increase civic participation to collectively solve problems, such as protecting digital civic space, enabling safe whistleblowing, or monitoring and ensuring the proper delivery of government goods and services.

04

Climate Finance Transparency

Create solutions that increase transparency in government expenditure in relation to climate change and energy transition interventions.

Participants will be encouraged to create tools and approaches to curb the threat of transnational corruption within the scope of any of the 4 problem sets above. Transnational corruption crosses borders, involves global networks, and strips countries of their wealth in a massive transfer of resources from developing to developed countries.

What’s Happening

In April, DG, @HackCorruption, and the Thai Youth Anti-Corruption Network hosted a roundtable in Bangkok to discuss how we can ensure #ClimateFinancing is impactful. Learn more about the key takeaways here: https://t.co/G4GL31Q0Fu

Rounding up our group of South East Asia winners is Lexicon BO, working on a platform that flags companies with a history of fraud for procurement officers & CSOs. The team are also using beneficial ownership data they gather for deeper research & analysis.

#data4integrity

Integrity Eyes is working on a platform that monitors high-value state #procurement projects, looking for #corrupt cost overruns & #cartel influences in contractor appointments. The team is building out their #prototype as part of #HackCorruption South East Asia.
#data4integrity

Approximately 10% of the national budget goes to villages in
#Indonesia & #Thailand, but residents often have no info about how money is allocated. #Voices4Budget is a #HackCorruption SE Asia team that's bringing transparency and accountability into the process.

...#data4integrity

Land Looters from #HackCorruption SE Asia is working with 2 communities in #Thailand and #Indonesia in designing a platform that tackles land grabs affecting marginalized and vulnerable populations. Their work is restoring local wisdom & #biodiversity rights.
#data4integrity

#HackCorruption South East Asia wrapped in Jakarta with our 5 teams agreeing on key milestones as they build out innovative #anticorruption tools over the next six months. Meet Carbonitor, which is working on #transparency in carbon offset projects.

#data4integrity
#tech

HACKCORRUPTION Partners

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