Corruption and inefficiency in government contracting will probably always be with us. But by introducing greater transparency in the the contracting process, we can dramatically reduce this burden. This idea is at the heart of Open Contracting, a movement to advocate for publishing of government contracts.
The World Bank Institute is stewarding a growing network of civil society, business and government leaders working to promote Open Contracting. In order to ensure that the network is as smart and effective as it can possibly be, we are "opening up" Open Contracting by inviting wide participation to map out a success vision, and to set key performance indicators.
You are invited to be part of this innovative effort to crowdsource the development of the Open Contracting movement by answering 10 microsurveys over the next 10 weeks that will be administered by Keystone Accountability.
Each microsurvey will take you less than one minute to answer.
WBI will share the findings from the surveys in a report in early November 2012.
You can register your interest by following this link - www.keystoneaccountability.org/node/473.
Please also share this invitation with others who may be interested.
- Corruption WatchOpportunity closing date:Sunday, May 26, 2013Opportunity type:Employment
CW seeks to appoint a Lawyer, based in Johannesburg.
The suitable candidate will be a young lawyer looking for a challenging working environment outside of traditional practice, who can combine legal practice skills with creative thinking and is able to work with other disciplines as well as independently. The person will have experience or interest in anti-corruption work, constitutional, administrative and media law.
The Lawyer will be under the supervision of the Head of the legal team.
- Attend meetings and participate in case discussions with members of other CW teams;
- Peruse, analyse and summarise documents;
- Engage in correspondence and drafting, including PAIA requests;
- Keep abreast of developments in the legal and policy environment;
- Conduct legal research; and
- Provide company secretarial and contract vetting services and other tasks as assigned by the Head of the Legal and Policy Team.
- LLB or equivalent;
- Admission as an attorney;
- One to two years post-qualification experience;
- Litigation experience will be an advantage;
- Research experience will be an advantage;
- Verbal and written communication skills;
- Analytic and problem solving skills;
- Computer literacy;
- Administrative and file management skills; and
- Ability to adapt in a fast changing environment.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.
Candidates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview before the end of June 2013.
For more about Corruption Watch, refer to www.corruptionwatch.org.za.
For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.
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Political analyst at University of the Witwatersrand, Professor Susan Booysen, says the Gupta scandal has weakened President Jacob Zuma politically.
Booysen points out that, “This has been a dismal year for Zuma. The PetroSA and Central African Republic scandals have given the impression Zuma is not well-suited to leadership. The ANC [African National Congress] will try to be protective and defensive but Zuma has been weakened.
Contrary to Booysen’s view, another political analyst, Steven Friedman, says it is not clear if the scandal has weekend him, politically.
Their comments come after the controversial landing of a Gupta family aircraft at Waterkloof Air Force Base - a national key point - for a wedding of Vega Gupta to Aakash Jahajgarhia, an Indian-born.
To read the article titled, “Guptagate puts Zuma in fix,” click here.Source:The Citizen
No councillor in Ivory Park will interfere with the building of new RDP houses or the allocation of houses that have already been built, ward councillor, Petru Zitha, emphasised at a meeting between residents and City of Johannesburg housing officials.
Zitha points out that Ivory Park has a long history of disputes relating to RDP housing and councillors are always perceived as being corrupt, despite residents being invited to engage with them and talk freely.
Zitha’s comments come after an Ivory Park resident reported a case of alleged abuse of power by officials to Corruption Watch.
To read the article titled, “Councillors, residents meet after report to CW,” click here.Source:Corruption Watch
Corruption Watch (CW), an anti-graft organisation established by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), has rejected reports that it is investigating trade unions.
In a press statement, CW which is accused by COSATU president, Sdumo Dlamini, for interfering in COSATU matters, reiterated its commitment to exposing and fighting the abuse of public resources.
The organisation further states that of 1 500 cases of corruption it received from the public in 2012, only 13 implicated unions.
To read the article titled, “Unions not probed: Corruption Watch,” click here.Source:SABC News
Thirty-nine civil society formations, represented by 62 representatives, convened at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) House to discuss a common approach to corruption.
The meeting was necessitated by the fact that civil society is chairing the National Anti-Corruption Forum under the leadership of the COSATU general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, who was elected as the chairperson of the National-Anti Corruption Forum in December 2012.
The organisations have agreed to coordinate its activities within and between all civil society formations to ensure that these anti-corruption campaigns have a maximum impact on corruption.
To read the article titled, “Statement of civil society on corruption,” click here.Source:All Africa
The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says that wasteful government spending of R24.8 billion could have been used for numerous beneficial projects.
SAIRR research manager, Lucy Holborn, points out that, “We have become so inured to seeing examples of corruption and wasteful expenditure running into millions and billions of rands that it is easy to forget quite how much money this really is and what could be done with it."
The institute is responding to a recent Auditor-General report that found provincial departments and entities have incurred R24.8 billion in ‘unauthorised, irregular, wasteful, and fruitless expenditure’.
To read the article titled, “Wasteful expenditure could have been used better,” click here.Source:Mail & Guardian
The South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR) says more than 3.3 million crimes occur per year and half of them are not reported.
The SAIRR’s Kerwin Lebone points out that according to data from Statistics South Africa, around 1.7 million crimes (52 percent) were not reported to the police in 2011.
Lebone, states that expenditure on private security rose from R2 billion in the 1990s to an estimated R50 billion in 2011, adding that, "All these facts taken together signify a lack of confidence in the police by some sections of the population."
To read the article titled, “1.7m crimes a year not reported - SAIRR,” click here.Source:News24
An investigation by the Swiss NGO, Berne Declaration, has found that Trafigura, a leading Swiss commodities company, has shady business joint-ventures with corrupt government officials in Angola.
The report follows up a previous investigation by Maka Angola that uncovered the connections between Trafigura and a vast web of corporations whose directors include General Leopoldino Fragoso do Nascimento ‘Dino’, a top adviser at the Angolan Presidency, and Claude Dauphin.
The NGO highlights the ongoing criminal investigations against these three government officials, in Portugal, for tax evasion and money laundering.
To read the article titled, “Swiss NGO report exposes Trafigura's dealings in Angola,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) says South Africans should prepare for the ‘mother of all battles’ against Gauteng e-tolls, high electricity prices and corruption.
COSATU general secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, points out that, “The mother of all battles is coming this year against the e-tolls, the banning of labour brokers and corruption...”
Vavi, who says South Africans are in so much trouble when it comes to the deep rot of corruption, also described the scale of corruption, where people are continuing to steal from the poor, as ‘frightening’.
To read the article titled, “Bigger fight to come this year - Vavi,” click here.Source:The Citizen