Get to Know...Alfredo Cantero
CoST has a great international supporter base and in our new ‘Get to Know’ feature, we’ll be introducing the people that are bringing CoST to life across the globe.
Kicking things off is Alfredo Cantero, government representative in the CoST Honduras Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) and CoST’s new Board member.
In the interview, Alfredo explains that "you can be a small, developing country with limited resources but still successfully implement CoST and reap the benefits of a transparent infrastructure sector". Read more here.
This is why construction is so corrupt
The value of global construction output is expected to increase by $8 trillion to reach $17.5 trillion per annum by 2030. It is difficult to determine precisely the value of losses through corruption, but estimates tend to range between 10 and 30%. The experience of the CoST programme suggests that a similar amount could be lost through mismanagement and inefficiency.
In a blog for the World Economic Forum, CoST’s Executive Director Petter Matthews discusses the reasons behind corruption in construction and how the issue can be tackled. Read more here.
New reports highlight the potential of CoST globally
Those on the ground believe CoST’s strength is its ability to “get simple information to the public…[and] reduce corruption in construction” whilst the international donor community “see CoST’s unique focus on transparency in infrastructure as filling an important gap”.
These are the findings from reports published this month into the value and potential of CoST. Read more here.
Lessons from Seoul: Strengthening transparency and accountability
Petter Matthews, Executive Director of CoST, recently delivered a keynote speech at an international workshop for public construction transparency organised by the UNDP, Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Taking place in Seoul, the workshop utilised the capital’s Clean Construction System (CCS) as an initial reference point before drawing best practice examples from CoST and other international actors. Read more here.
New funding announced at CoST Tanzania AGM
During the latest CoST Tanzania AGM, it was announced that the Africa Open Data Collaboration Fund (AODC) has awarded the national programme US$15,000. CoST Tanzania will design tools for CSOs operating at sub-national level to monitor procurement and implementation of infrastructure projects in education and health. Read more here.
Breaking the chain in Malawi with an Anti-Corruption Symposium
Reflecting on International Anti-Corruption Day 2015 and its #BreakTheChain theme, CoST Malawi and other leading civil society organisations held an Anti-Corruption Symposium in December with a focus on infrastructure development. The Symposium brought citizens and stakeholders together to highlight the true cost of corruption in construction. Read more here.
Lack of transparency is a key concern in latest assurance report from CoST Guatemala
CoST Guatemala has published its fifth assurance report, featuring analysis of over thirty public sector infrastructure projects including roads, water, sanitation, schools and hospitals. A key finding from the report is that time overruns were found in all case studies, often due to mismanagement. The report has been widely circulated amongst stakeholders, including an assurance event covered by El Periodico in Spanish. Read more here.