African governments’ response to COVID-19 has been overshadowed by instances of waste, mismanagement, and blatant corruption. Issues like unlawful procurement, political use of monetary and other reliefs, and the diversion of funds have led many communities to deal with the hardship of the pandemic, in economic and social isolation.
This has further hindered citizens’ trust in government, reproduced social divisions, and increased inequality, leaving countries in a poor position to promote economic recovery. The COVID-19 Transparency and Accountability in Africa Project (CTAP) is a civil society-led effort to bolster citizen engagement and promote change in how governments use public resources and increase the capacity of governments to meet people’s needs.
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