In recent years, a section of citizens in Kenya have held the view that corruption has increased exponentially at both national and county governments. Furthermore, evidence suggests that both levels of government are failing to halt the upsurge of the loss of public resources through dubious means. The 10th Edition of the Global Corruption Barometer, a piece of research conducted by Transparency International in 2019, indicated that the majority of Kenyans who participated in the study believe rates of corruption are rising, and countermeasures put in place by the government are both too weak and too few to curb the scourge. This ongoing situation risks further normalising corruption in the country, in turn leading to increased public apathy and a decline in public outcry, and continuing to erode trust between citizens and state.
Using the Common Social Accountability Platform (CSAP), Africa’s Voices Foundation collaborated with the National Anti-Corruption Campaign Steering Committee (NACCSC) with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbei (GIZ) to listen to citizens’ views on corruption. The 5 weeks long project targeted five counties in Western Kenya; Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga between October and December 2022.
The project aimed at engaging the public through multi-media channels to deliver anti-corruption messages and generate debates on corruption. This is in line with NACCSC’s mandate to undertake a nationwide public education, sensitization and awareness creation campaign to effect fundamental change in the attitudes, behaviour, practices and culture of Kenyans towards corruption. The radio shows were integral in advancing citizens’ participation in good governance by showcasing opportunities for public participation in the fight against corruption in Kenya.
The AVF’s approach enabled citizens to share their views and questions on corruption. Radio guests responded to questions and views raised by the participants. Through the programming, citizens generated ideas on practical ways the country can fight corruption and seal the existing gaps in the fight against corruption.
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