This project will build a fund to support whistleblowers in Kenya who have submitted hard evidence of corruption via our website. We're ready to begin litigating on behalf of one such whistleblower to hold accountable the perpetrators of a huge corruption scandal at a top Kenyan university. Kenya is one of the most corrupt countries in the world and university staff in Kenya too often force students to pay for grades with money and sex. This fund will support litigation to fight these practices.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
We have conducted research that show us that 1/4 of students at Universities are being asked for bribes by staff in the form of money, alcohol and sex for grades, admission to the University, and even to receive an entire degree. If nothing is done, we fear the next generation of Kenyans will be as corrupt as the current one. At this time Kenya is one of the most corrupt countries on earth, and this cannot be allowed to continue. We must ensure that education promotes integrity not corruption.
How will this project solve this problem?
Our website, NotInMyCountry.org allows whistle blowers to submit hard evidence of corruption at their universities. Once we receive these reports researchers and lawyers go about gathering hard evidence and witness testimony to verify these claims. Once approved by a law firm, we will then support whistle blowers to take their cases to court and seek justice for themselves and others. Right now we have significant cases waiting to be tried, and brave whistle blowers that need your support.
Potential Long Term Impact
Between 2000-2009 in developing regions there were $8.44 trillion in illicit flows from corruption, 10 times more than those same regions received in foreign aid. This is roughly equal to China's entire annual GDP. In Kenya one corruption scandal cost the country 10% of its GDP. Corruption is strongly linked to ethnic violence. If the next generation of Kenya's leaders continue to engage in corruption it will impact every level of society: commerce, healthcare, education, and the environment.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,906
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $5,906 . The original project funding goal was $5,000.