AfricanSpending

Improving Watchdog Journalism by Mapping the Money

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AfricanSpending

Improving Watchdog Journalism by Mapping the Money


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About

African Spending is a a community-driven platform with data resources (leveraging OpenSpending) for journalists and civil society to track public money and mineral wealth, plus related contracts and services, across Africa to combat cronyism and corruption.


Why Spending Transparency?

Tracking and monitoring government finances - including those related to mineral wealth - are a major issue across Africa and much of the rest of the Global South. Journalists, civil society organizations and citizens, could and should play a large role in holding Governments to account by following the money.

Unfortunately, African journalists and citizen groups seldom have the fiscal insight or technical skill to “map the money”. As a result, media coverage and public debate is shallow, reactive, and often fails to hold government to account or tell citizens how government action impacts their personal and local lives.

This project is about dramatically improving this situation.


A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.

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Kenya / Budget 2012-13

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PARTNERS

African Media Initiative World Bank Institute OKFN Code For Africa