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A Vote for Accountability

by: Kairos dela Cruz

The dawn of social media started has put competitions and campaigns of every kind—from beauty contests to humanitarian causes—on an even playing field.

Just a few clicks, done in your home, or on your mobile, can swing the odds in one’s favor.

We have an idea that I am confident is worthy of your clicks.

This is for a movement called: “Wanted: Plumbers for Transparent Climate Finance,” which we recently submitted a proposal for to the info- and crowd-sourcing website, Making All Voices Count. This was in response to their call for proposals under the program Global Innovation Competition 2015 (GIC2015).

Wanted: Plumbers…” has passed the preliminaries but we need more support to make it to the next round.

Here is how you can help:

  1. Register and log in to the competition website.
  2. Click on the “Vote for Idea” button on the right hand side of the idea.
  3. Browse other ideas that you want to support as well.

Wanted: Plumbers…” for transparent climate finance is under the category Legislative Openness.

Why should you support our idea?

We have an ongoing initiative called the Adaptation Finance Accountability Initiative (AFAI). The core idea of the initiative is to fill the transparency gap on funds reported by developed countries as contributions to the Philippines. These funds in the years from 2010 to 2012 have already reached more than USD700 million, or more than Php34 billion. This figure is expected to grow when the 2013 and 2014 data are collected.

This is a lot of information but it won’t make sense if we can’t see how it was implemented on the ground.

Wanted: Plumbers…” seeks to provide an opportunity for others to join the conversation. Imagine going beyond Facebook posts about corruption and actually participating in the tracking process. This is a dream come true for anybody who cares about more accountable climate finance in the Philippines.

Full details of the proposal are on the website, or you can send us an email (info@ejeepney.org) if you have more questions.

Please help us make “Wanted:Plumbers…” happen. Please help us—and the rest of the country—uncover and fix the leaks in adaptation finance.

Thank you very much for your time.


About the image: One of the river side communities supposedly benefiting from a Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded flood management project with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). This JICA-DPWH project i is one of the largest projects for 2012 amounting to USD148 million, and is currently being tracked by AFAI (image by the author).

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