As part of activities of the Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) project, WANGONeT organized training for stakeholders of the project on the use of the ACID portal (www.antigraft.org). In attendance at the training session were representatives from Civil Society (about 60 CSO’s across the Country) and representatives of Government Graft Agencies (Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) & Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC)); the latter attended as observers.
During the course of the training, participants were taught how to create Corruption Reports, Public Project monitoring reports, Budget Monitoring reports, creating blogs and news items and using other features available on the site. This session was followed by a hands-on session where CSO members were able to logon to the portal and create their own items.
The Public Private Development Centre (PPDC) were also on ground to provide training on the process of monitoring compliance with Public Procurement according to law using a checklist of events with the participants.
The Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) project aims at creating an informative and educative platform for reporting and archiving corrupt practices data, complete with modern features for multi-dimensional public advocacy and civic engagement in the war against corruption. The portal, www.antigraft.org, is a multi-functional web repository for all corruption related issues in Nigeria. It is built to be a comprehensive database of corruption related information and issues in Nigeria, providing news on corruption related issues, statistics, an archive of relevant documents, information on the projects and initiatives of the groups and organizations working in anti-corruption. It brings to the public space a structured presentation of the work being done by CSOs and media agencies, publicizing their projects, activities and events. It also provides technology tools to facilitate the work of the civil society organizations and media agencies. There are other tools which enable citizens engage and participate in anti-corruption campaigns. The Anti-Corruption Internet Database (ACID) portal therefore is a powerful platform for civic engagement and public advocacy in anti-corruption. The ACID project is funded by Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).
The event held on the 16th of May, 2013 at Peninsula Hotels and Towers Lekki, Lagos Nigeria.
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More Western donors are freezing aid to Uganda after a scam in which $13-million of donor funds was embezzled by the office of the prime minister.
The aid freeze is the kind of action long demanded by transparency campaigners who charge that the money oils a corrupt system. The donors are giving Uganda until April 2013 to pay back all the lost money, investigate the scandal, and take action against all the suspects. Read more…
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Two multilateral development banks are exploring opportunities for joint collaboration in Africa, a continent which, despite of its economic growth, still turns off many investors.
Open SIM Kit (OSK) is a project that aims to become an open source SDK of sorts for hacking SIM cards. In practice, this allows users to modify the contents of SIM cards. The goals of the project are as follows:
1. To offer a GUI for programing SIMs (instead of doing it from the command line in C++ and AT);
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