Workshop in Uganda explores new data

Workshop in Uganda explores new data

On 13-14 October, Liz David-Barrett ran a workshop together with the Department of Mathematics at Makerere University, Uganda, and the African Maths Initiative on Analysing Corruption Risks in Procurement Data.  The workshop brought together top Maths and Statistics students with civil society experts on anti-corruption in Uganda to analyse data and look for ‘red flags’ of corruption risk. As well as using open-source statistics software […]

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Anti-corruption interventions in development aid: Is corruption reduced or merely displaced?

Anti-corruption interventions in development aid: Is corruption reduced or merely displaced?

Most anti-corruption interventions are small-scale and targeted. Hence, there is a risk that they simply displace corruption rather than reducing it as corrupt actors adapt to the new conditions. Direct attempts at improving corruption controls in one area might elicit two evasive tactics: corrupt actors could shift focus to areas with weaker controls or could more aggressively exploit the loopholes that remain. Observing such displacement […]

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Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the Inter-American Development Bank

Brown Bag Lunch presentation at the Inter-American Development Bank

This BBL delivered by Mihály Fazekas showcased the power of Big Data for detecting corruption risks, put forward recommendations on IDB data collection, and demonstrated some of the successful examples of anticorruption tools and interventions enabled by our new datasets and corruption risk indicators. The BBL provided an overview of IDB, World Bank and donor agencies’ public procurement datasets and links to other data such as […]

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Data publication: public procurement in Tanzania, 2009-2016

Data publication: public procurement in Tanzania, 2009-2016

This publication contains Tanzanian public procurement data retrieved from the issues of Tanzania Procurement Journal between 2009 and 2016. The dataset was compiled as a part of the research project ‘Quantitative corruption analysis: implementation and case study’ with the ultimate aim of exploring ways to increase transparency and integrity through Big Data solutions. The research project was carried out by researchers from the Mathematical Institute […]

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Policy Brief: Data infrastructure in Tanzania

Policy Brief: Data infrastructure in Tanzania

The publication of data about government procurement is widely perceived to be beneficial in terms of improving transparency over a significant area of public spending. Transparency in public procurement is associated with greater scrutiny over processes and outcomes, helping to improve accountability in order to achieve enhanced competition, better value for money and reduced corruption. In 2017, as part of a project on Statistics for […]

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Policy Brief: Recommendations for donors

Policy Brief: Recommendations for donors

This short Policy Brief introduces and explains our red flags method for analysing corruption risks in aid spent through national procurement systems, and offers some recommendations to donors on how best to curb corruption. We propose three main recommendations: (1) Invest in building better data infrastructure. Not only can this help donors control aid, but it can also empower civil society groups, provide leads for investigative journalists […]

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Datasets for download: World Bank, IADB, and EuropeAid

Datasets for download: World Bank, IADB, and EuropeAid

Here you can find the full datasets collected on development projects, public tenders, and contracts for 3 major donor agencies: the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and EuropeAid. The project was supported by the British Academy/ UK Department for International Development Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme. The final datasets result from a concerted effort by the University of Sussex, Government Transparency Institute, and Datlab. In addition […]

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Download free software to analyse procurement red flags!

Download free software to analyse procurement red flags!

We have been working with the African Data Initiative to develop an easy tool for analysing our datasets. The African Data Initiative created R-Instat, a free, open-source statistical software that is easy to use and does not require statistical training or advanced computer skills. As a result of our collaboration, ADI has added a specific menu for analysing procurement data using our red flag methodology. You can […]

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Ghana workshop: Analysing red flags in procurement

Ghana workshop: Analysing red flags in procurement

What do you get if you cross anti-corruption activists with mathematicians?  It’s no joke. This was exactly what we did in Cape Coast, Ghana, recently, bringing these two groups together to analyse procurement data for evidence of corruption ‘red flags’ in a two-day hackathon at AIMS Ghana. The anti-corruption world has a tendency to pin its hopes on transparency as a solution, and recently in […]

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Getting smart about data helps tackle corruption

Getting smart about data helps tackle corruption

The G20 made tackling corruption a priority in 2017, highlighting in particular the harm caused by corruption in impeding the development of the poorest countries, threatening market integrity and distorting open competition. This damage is nowhere more evident than in public procurement. Public money is wasted, infrastructure is built to poor standards, public services are provided inadequately. Yet tracing corruption in contracting is often very […]

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