Kenyan app that helps you confess to paying a bribe

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Would you publicly come clean you paid a bribe to get a service? Probably not. But an app customized for Kenya is making it easier for citizens to report bribery incidences across the country, anonymously.

I Paid a Bribe (IPaB) is a desktop, mobile web and SMS app that gives Kenyans a platform to share their experiences with bribery. Through a user-friendly interface, a user can post an incident where they had to pay a bribe because a public officer expressly asked for it or a situation where the officer asked for it but they refused to pay the bribe.

The app also allows users to report an incidence where no bribe was asked, and the service was delivered on time.

Since the launch of the website in December 2011, 630 bribery incidences worth Ksh 20 million have been posted on the website.

The Police, municipal services, immigration and registration of persons and lands departments are the leading bribery hotspots as reported by citizens.

Interestingly, there are quite a high number of witness reports showing high bribery prevalence in the private sector, according to IPaB.

“Once a user files a bribe report on the site, the system takes it up automatically and edits out any names. IPaB does not target individuals but seeks to expose weaknesses in the system and advocate for them to be rectified,” says Anthony Ragui, developer of IPaB.

After users send their experience, either through the IPaB website, mobile site or SMS, the story is published on the website after a 10 minute lag. Specific data from the story (county, amount paid and department) is logged in and added to the analytics.

“I paid a Bribe Kenya as a platform aims to get Kenyans to report and talk about the problem of corruption,” says Ragui, who came up with idea after seeing a similar initiative in India.

A Transparency International (TI) report on East African Bribery Index revealed while a vast majority of Kenyans perceived Kenya as a corrupt county, only 7 per cent reported corruption incidences, probably for fear of victimization.

 

 

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  • Janek

    Great initiative. More Kenyans need to log in their experiences and get people talking about corruption. We should not accept it as a way of life any more. Very soon you will not be able to get anything done in this country without paying a bribe. It would be sad for us to get to that point. Lets shine the spotlit on petty corruption!!

  • More than just a forum to confess paying a bribe ipaidabribe.or.ke gives Kenyans an opportunity to be a part of the fight against ‘petty’ corruption through data mapping . Reports are mapped to identify problem areas (counties + departments) 

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