Since 2010, Integrity Action has been our potential partner through the Network for Integrity in Reconstruction. We are building the long-term capacities of communities to monitor and report their findings to the public, their government and donors to fight against corruption and lack of transparency.
The Community Monitoring is naturally subject to challenges with regards to putting pressure on donor and executing agencies. There are several levels of difficulty in dealing with donors and executing agencies. The first is with regards to accessing information.
When organizations feel that their work is being challenged, they often become defensive, and reticent to facilitate FOCHI’s work, notably through failing to provide information and documentation regarding their projects.
The task of FOCHI’s community monitoring supervisor is thus extremely delicate, and involves trying to maintain good relations with donors and executors in order to access information, even as simultaneously attempting to hold them accountable for their actions. This is particularly true if the executing agency are also the funding agency, since this gives FOCHI very little leverage in terms of threatening consequences (such as lack of future funding) if the money spent on projects is not being put to good use.
As a result of the community monitoring and advocacy, 45 projects was followed and more than 63% of problems identified resolved by satisfaction of community and donors. 20 projects are now published on developmentcheck.org, an online tool for citizen feedback on the transparency.
More than 30,000 people in Kiliba enjoy clean drinking water, 20059 (2013) people in Kavimvira have access to Electricity and the town of Uvira benefits from the proper delivery of public buildings and key infrastructure, such as schools, clinics and markets.