This week, Integrity Action is launching the Swahili version of its app DevelopmentCheck. Already available in English and French, DevelopmentCheck is a free app that enables citizen feedback on the transparency, participation and effectiveness of development projects around the world.
Civil society partners in Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Liberia and South Sudan have been testing the English and French app and uploading their data on the DevelopmentCheck site.
Community monitors testing the DevelopmentCheck app in Nepal.
Building the database will take time, but there are already cases where Integrity Action partners have used it to improve services.
For example, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Chirezi Foundation successfully mobilized communities and trained 54 citizens in South Kivu Province to monitor the implementation of infrastructure projects, including the replacement of rusted water lines. When the lines were not properly replaced, the monitors were able to hold the donor and implementing agency accountable. The new pipes are now providing clean water for 30,000 people.
Community leaders in Liberia using the app.
DevelopmentCheck is an important tool for building accountability and sharing information. Integrity Action held workshops with civil society leaders from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan, showing them how to use DevelopmentCheck in their local contexts, and getting feedback on how it can be used to improve services.
Integrity Action is an organization and a network of committed NGOs, universities and policy makers working to make integrity work in the most challenging situations.