What would you change in Romania?
In an earlier survey, 25.1% of the respondents said “mentality”, 14.1% said that they would change the people, while 6.7% said that they would change everything. (dbrom.ro)
The mentality or the people change in certain circumstances, influenced by certain factors, and obviously, they can change in bad as well, not necessary in good.
The proposal that we challenge you with is to come with viable solutions to one of the problems that surround us, that we face daily. How could we solve the problems from everyday life, whether they are related with the common sense of the people around us, the public systems efficiency or the incompetence or lack of efficiency from public employers that makes us angry and causes time waste or other problems.
We’ve developed a very sharp critical sense and we criticize everything around us, from financial politics to national football’s team coach decisions, from driving rules to bureaucracy in public administration.
With this project we want to channelize the critical sense in a constructive way, to find real solutions with real practicability to solve a few of the problems that we confront daily. The only way that we can change the “mentality” and the “people” is to prove that we have civic spirit, to try to resolve our problems, to make a change.
Over time, amplified over masses, this way of thinking will provide that improvement of people, that “healthy” mentality that we all want.
One of the biggest problems in Romania is corruption. It can be found in all domains, in all social classes, in all environments, from police to hospitals and from EU founding programs to local public administrations. According to Transparency International report (www.transparency.org) 28% of Romanians reported paying a bribe and 83% percentage of people feel their government's efforts to fight corruption are ineffective. Despite the fact that both the President and the Prime Minister admitted that corruption is one Romania's biggest issues, the results in the fight against it are poor and a great percent of public money are drained to certain firms that repay the officials for their "kindness" of attributing overstated projects.
Many NGOs developed projects in this domain trying to convince the authorities into taking some serious action in order to fight corruption, but almost any effort ended up by being another study that shows that Romania is corrupt.
Our project aims to implement an effective process of public money control in order to establish a full 100% transparency in public administration institutes. It's a step necessary in the process of eliminating corruption and should have enough impact to create waves of shock and inspire more and more effective projects in this domain.
The purpose of our project "Transparency in Local Public Administration" is to ensure a full transparency of all money-related activities for a target group of 5 of the biggest city-halls in Romania. After that is achieved, we shall extend this system to all public administration and with the mass-media help, other NGOs and some lobby, implement it on a large scale.
The project aims to research on how to achieve a full transparency in all public activities, of all the founds that are spent and all the work that it's done with public money. We then want to develop a software for a table-kind program in which all of this data should be included and made public instantly on an online platform, constantly updated to day. After we shall succeed in a few city halls, we will create a system which may be applied in all the city halls in Romania and present it in all mass-media, with indications on how to make it work.