This desired ideal is not far from the type of government proposed by the American engineer Howard Scott, founder of the technocratic movement. It would be based on the scientific adjustment of production to consumption with an economy using energy units for measurement and control, instead of monetary values.
“Transparency (of governance), however, should not be seen simply as an end in itself, but rather as a great way to achieve collective goals through greater moral strength. "
Mauricio Cárdenas Santamaría, former Colombian Minister of Finance and Public Credit
Governments must disclose the names of the companies to which they award public contracts. In this way, journalists, activists and political figures will be able to have their opinion on these markets and demand more sustainable purchases, more favorable to gender equality, and less prone to corruption. With the transparency of governance, those in power and officials who respect their reputation will be obliged to be honest in their decision-making. It is as if the eyes of the people are on them.
Achieving this objective of transparent governance will be difficult but not impossible. Governments in Africa must create an online platform that would allow the population to access every expenditure item in the national budget at the program, sub-program and project level. In addition, another portal could be created to centralize government purchasing. In addition, another public platform aimed at transparency in governance would provide universal access to electronic versions of public contracts. Citizens will now be able to check whether the government is getting good prices for every purchase they make, whether it is military uniforms, cars, an insurance policy or plane tickets.
Indeed, these requirements to make public what is done do not only reveal the prices of the contracts. These contain details on the quality of products, delivery time and payment methods. The companies that were not selected can later compare their bids with those that were chosen in order to adapt their future offers accordingly.
These proposals for transparent governance will make it possible to fight corruption. Activists and journalists can investigate possible misappropriation and waste. Members of government, the media and academia, we all have a responsibility to ensure that this desired improved transparency of governance and greater accountability becomes a reality in our dear countries already. Our African countries could thus reach the top of the table of the least corrupt countries. (Read for more details on the Corruption Perception Index)
A curious, motivated and determined young leader, Obed Kodjo is an agronomist and blogger who is active in organizations that advocate the awareness and development of African youth. Innovation is his passion and for this he never ceases to cultivate himself in order to make a difference in his actions. He dreams of a conscious Africa that solves its problems on its own without outside help.