SA government to sponsor open source anti-corruption tool

By   |  December 15, 2003

The South African government has issued a request for proposals to develop a web-based anti-corruption application. The project is spearheaded by four public institutions – the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI), the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and the CSIR which will play a lead role in the development and implementation of the system.

The tool, to be called the Open Source Corruption Management Information System (OSCMIS), is intended to \”improve institutional efficiency within Government\” according to the CSIR.

In the United Nations-backed Country Corruption Assessment Report released in April of this year government was found to still have major gaps in its knowledge and perceptions of corruption. The proposed Corruption Management Information System is intended to address this shortcoming by consolidating the available knowledge to grow the understanding of corruption and contribute towards the rollout of the Public Service Anti-Corruption Strategy.

According to the request for proposals, the objectives of the project is to establish an on-line facility for Government, including a database aimed at a learning exchange in respect of corruption; establishment of an Open Source Information Management System
on corruption, which is also linked to other projects, such as those undertaken by the criminal justice system; and demonstrate the open source collaborative model.

This project is being undertaken as one of a number of CPSI demonstrator projects in which the Open Source Collaboration model is being showcased for its potential benefits to the country and the continent.

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