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What is a Project? -Planned set of interrelated tasks to be executed over a fixed period within certain cost and other limitations to achieve specific goal(s)
•    Definite start and finish
•    Identifiable goal
A successful project is one which was started and completed on time, within the budget, of quality and satisfies the end user


The stages in a project cycle are: -
1.    Project idea
2.    Situation anaylysis
3.    Planning
4.    Financing
5.    Implementation
6.    Evaluation


•    Conceptualization to solve a felt need
- Who initiates the project idea – beneficiaries, stakeholders?
•    In line with the beneficiaries’ vision
•    Is it a priority for the beneficiaries?

Corruption in Project Idea

•    Project idea is conceived elsewhere and by others
•    Locals i.e. would be beneficiaries are not involved – before, during or after conception
•    Studies undertaken to determine whether the project is feasible
•    Beneficiaries consulted on project location/site
•    Environmental impact assessment


Corruption in Situation Analysis

•    Feasibility studies not undertaken
•    Beneficiaries not made aware or consulted on the project location/site
•    Environmental impact assessment study not undertaken Click the File tab, then click Save & Send.
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•    Election of Project Management Committee
•    Project specifications, organization
•    Project drawings and approvals, bills of quantities
•    Project phasing and implementation schedule
•    Development of monitoring and evaluation tools
•    Competitive tendering/procurement process of goods and services  

•    Corruption in Project Planning
•    No Project Management Committee
•    Project variations (specifications), deviations, delays
•    No implementation schedule
•    Falsification of records  
•    Absence of storage facilities and store records
•    Project financing – how will it be financed?
•    Source(s) of funding
•    Where are the funds kept?
•    Who is responsible for keeping the money?

Corruption in Project Financing
•    No information on project cost, amount provided, source(s), where the money is kept, by who,

•    Commencement of the project
•    Project accountability board
•    Supervision by the PMC
•    Coordination of human resource – unskilled labour sourced locally
•    Procurement and utilization of materials
•    Application of specifications
•    Site meetings/briefings for beneficiaries held

 Corruption in Project Implementation
•    Ghost projects/white ‘elephants’
•    No supervision by PMC or physical verification
•    No project accountability board, progress reports
•    Locals not considered for unskilled jobs, ghost workers, over-recruitment, political patronage
•    Hap haphazard procurement and utilization of materials, outright theft of materials (then sold to who?)
•    Specifications not applied or unjustifiably varied

•    No site meetings/briefings for beneficiaries are not held
•    Falsification of records to support payments
•    Embezzlement  of funds
•    Duplication of payments
•    No monitoring of the progress
•    EvaluatIon
•    Provides feedback on the project
•    Compares outcome with the project targets
•    Draws lessons learnt to inform future or ongoing projects
•    Are the beneficiaries utilizing the project, if not, why?; what needs to be rectified?

•    A project that is affected by corruption in one or more stages of the project cycle is rarely evaluated.
•    Why?
•    Corruption thrives most where public participation is least
•    Corruption can attack a project at any stage in the project
•    Steps taken to ensure that the work done on public projects actually benefits the people whom it is intended to benefit
•    Understanding, measuring, reporting, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness in governance


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1. What is Corruption?
The word “corruption” comes from a Latin verb “Corruptus” which means (to break), it literally means broken object. Corruption is the breakdown of ethical and moral value, systems and institutions of governance, societal traditions and personal behaviour.
Longman’s Dictionary defines it as: -
–    Impairment of integrity, virtue or moral principle; depravity
–    Decay, decomposition
–    Inducement to do wrong by unlawful or improper means esp. bribery...”
World Bank/UN describes corruption as the abuse of power for personal gain or for the benefit of a group of people
Corruption is also:-
•    Abuse of socially acceptable norms
•    Evil/immoral conduct
•    Misuse/abuse of authority
•    Misuse/abuse of public office
•    Abuse of public power

2. What causes corruption?
•    Bad governance                          
•    Greed
•    Political patronage
•    Lack of political will
•    Lack of transparency and accountability
•    Inefficient Public and Private sector
•    Lack of Professionalism, Professional integrity
•    Breakdown of societal norms & values
•    Tribalism/ favoritism/ nepotism
•    Misuse of power by individual/office
•    Non enforcement of the law
•    Weak /absence of management systems, procedures & practice

3. How does corruption manifest itself?
•    Bribery
•    Profiteering
•    Gaining wealth illegally
•    General misconduct
•    Discrimination
•    Extortion
•    Sexual harassment
•    Fraud
•    Embezzlement
•    Forgery
•    Kickbacks
•    Falsification

4. What actions can I take against Corruption?
•    Refusing to participate in corruption – Citizens must shun corruption, not participate in any practice that promotes corruption and refuse to benefit from corrupt proceeds - Refuse to give and receive!
•    Reporting corrupt acts - people must report corruption every time they encounter it.
•    Whistle blowing - corruption takes place all around us – workmates, friends, relatives. We must accept to blow the whistle when a corrupt activity is suspected.
•    Encouraging bravery - Corruption thrives where people are afraid or disinterested in reporting corruption.  They must demonstrate bravery and patriotism.
•    Adherence to laws and regulations – all Citizens must adhere to the laws and regulations governing the conduct of public affairs
•    Transparency and accountability - corruption cannot survive where there is transparency and accountability. Citizens must demand from those in authority that they conduct public business transparently and remain accountable at all times
•    Attitudinal change – the society should change from that of idolizing corrupt individuals
•    Promoting democracy - democracy gives people the opportunity to elect leaders of integrity, and should be promoted. The integrity of public institutions should also be defended.
•    Punish the corrupt - people must be made to understand that corruption is unacceptable in the society by punishing those convicted of corruption without fear or favour.
•    Culture – society needs to breed a culture that is intolerant to corruption.

5. What is my duty as a Citizens?
•    To be patriotic - patriotism makes Kenya a great nation e.g. paying taxes, fighting corruption.
•    To be a good citizen- playing an active role in making Kenya a better Country e.g. reporting corruption.
•    To earn an honest living - good Citizens must strive to earn an honest living.
•    To obey laws – those that don’t obey the laws are architects of corruption.

6. What are the excuses for indulging in Corruption?
•    If I don’t, my business will collapse
•    I was threatened
•    Everyone is doing it, why not me
•    It is time for my people to eat
•    A leader must take care of his people
•    Orders from above
•    WWW - wacha watoto wasome
•    It was a gift, etc