I paid a bribe!

Ok so I may have never paid a bribe, but on more than one occasion whilst in West Africa I was solicited to pay a bribe. IPaidaBribe.com is a great idea for using technology to combat corruption by making it simple for anyone who is literate and has access to the internet to report bribery. I particularly like that it also gives people the opportunity to report honest officers.

It will be expanding into Senegal soon and I hope people will be able to use it in The Gambia at some point.

swathi-video-on-bribe

Nigeria has been at the forefront of using the internet to combat graft. Several websites give victims a platform on which to complain. One such, http://stopthebribes.net/, maps incidents of corruption. Another site, http://www.nigeriapolicewatch.com/, provided links to videos showing an armed and drunken policeman assaulting two young women that prompted an investigation by the inspector general of police.

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