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Uganda phone app lets whistleblowers follow the money

Anti-corruption groups in Uganda are beta-testing a phone app that anyone can use to monitor government money allocated for schools and health clinics, letting them report when funds might be misspent.

Called “Action for Transparency” (A4T), the app was developed by Ugandan civil society groups, Voice of America (VOA) reported Wednesday.

If people see that the money is not being spent for its intended purpose, they can click on a “whistle” icon and file anonymous reports.

The Uganda Media Development Foundation is responsible for managing the new app.

Gerald Businge of the Foundation said, “If, for example, the money was for buying medicine, and the medicine is not available, and they know that actually the money came, then they can be able to report that at this health center there is no medicine.”

“They can whistle-blow on any school, on any health center. And then one of our partners can follow up on that report,” Businge said.

The project has funding from the Swedish government and partner organizations that include Transparency International Uganda.


Julie DiMauro is the executive editor of FCPA Blog and can be reached here.

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