All too often, multitudes of politicians, businessmen and other individuals congregate behind closed doors and effectively divide up the State between them, looting it to receive the “spoils of war”. To that end, the State becomes more of a marketplace, and rather than serving its citizens, is nothing more than a source of “income” for the corrupt, very much to the detriment of the most vulnerable Colombians.
But, what if someone dared to show how politicians engage in these different activities? What would happen if the public knew with whom their public servants meet? Or if the databases detailing the income of public sector workers that currently lie within public entities were published and therefore provided the hard proof of what we all know is the reality? Maybe we could save our democracy?
This is at the heart of CabilVeo’s mission. CabilVeo is the lastest initiative from the Anticorruption Institute that seeks to publish in open source data, all relevant information regarding the appointments, trips taken and gifts received by officials from 37 government entities. To this end, we seek to bring greater visibility to the otherwise hidden and corrupt power networks within the country.
You, too, can join us in our crusade as we fight to ensure ours is a country free from corruption.
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“They should draw a red line to keep the ‘creeps’ at bay”: Camilo Enciso
Camilo Enciso, Director of the Anticorruption Institute, was interviewed by the daily newspaper El Espectador, where he discussed his latest CabilVeo initiative, which seeks to make public details of the gifts received, travel, per diem and appointments of Colombia’s public officials.
During the interview, Enciso provided a further explanation of the work carried out by the Institute, the barriers that have arisen when it comes to accessing the required information, the importance of lobbying regulation and the measures that should be taken to avoid transactional relationships between entrepreneurs and officials.
The Director of the Anticorruption Institute, Camilo Enciso, published an article in Semana Magazine on 22 April 2020, where he provided an analysis of the second phase of the Cabilveo research project, which seeks highlight activities and relationships with a degree of ‘interest’ whereby businessmen, members of Congress or other individuals try to influence the decisions taken by the national government.
To this end, Enciso asserted that “For the past two years, the Finance Minister, Alberto Carrasquilla, has been meeting behind closed doors with numerous politicians with proven ties and even convictions related to their proximity to paramilitary organizations or corruption.”