Progress Study on Anti-Corruption Whistleblowing Initiative
August 1, 2022 | Grantee Publications | On Nigeria

The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), a non-governmental organization focused on accountability of corrupt governance, launched the Corruption Anonymous (CORA) initiative in 2017 based on a whistleblower framework. It implemented a three-pronged approach: citizen awareness, strengthening institutional capacity, and providing support to whistleblowers for safety and encouraging others to do the same. MacArthur commissioned a case study executed by Reboot Design in collaboration with the grantee, AFRICMIL, to see the impact that the $300,000 investment has had on AFRICMIL’s anti-corruption work. A comic strip that accompanied the study highlighted these three areas in the story of a citizen’s predicament of discovering corruption and the steps and effects of reporting it.

The study concluded that the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA) investigations resulting from the whistleblower initiative have saved the government N596 billion (USD $1.6 billion) between 2016 and 2018. The creation of engaged and incentivized citizens has also increased, as well as the adjustment of public officials' behavior. The impact of AFRICMIL’s anti-corruption work has shaped a more open and transparent government in Nigeria.

 

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