Using Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), in the last
decades countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Mexico,
Panama and Paraguay have designed and created electronic platforms that
make information about procurement and government officials’ personal
assets public. These electronic platforms have guaranteed an effective
and transparent flow of public information, thereby empowering citizens
to identify and demand action against corruption and allowing oversight
agencies to detect and sanction public officials engaging in corruption.
•Implementing transparency and access to information electronic
platforms in sensitive areas such as the procurement process or to
monitor public officials’ personal assets can reduce corruption.
•Civil society’s monitoring of procurement and assets information proved
to successfully contribute to identifying corruption.
•Political will and the strengthening of public agencies’ technical,
institutional, and financial capacities are important for the success of
Oropeza, J. ELLA Policy Brief: Fighting Corruption by Improving Transparency and Access to Information. ELLA, Practical Action Consulting, Lima, Peru (2012) 5 pp.