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Achieving Corruption-Transparency in Service Governance Processes with Blockchain-Technology Based e-Participation

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Corruption takes place in public procurement by public servants through intermediaries due to the use of centralized systems and complicated processes. Blockchain and Web3 has the potential to remove these intermediaries, instead allowing institutions to build trust among public servants and citizens through a decentralized web. It is feasible to positively reinforce the transparency in tackling corruption in public procurement by establishing an e-participatory governance infrastructure using token economics from smart-contract blockchain technology. The overall success of public procurement in terms of service delivery to citizens is associated with citizen e-participation. Thus, increased e-participation through automated processes makes the government accountable and transparent in the provision of services that lead to the progress and economic growth of a country. In this paper, we investigate the potential of blockchain and smart-contracts to improve the efficiency, trust, and transparency of public procurement in the case of Afghanistan. Moreover, we identify the existing barriers namely lack of trust, transparency, the complexity of procurement documents, and inappropriate record-keeping system. To address these issues, we propose a blockchain-based e-participatory infrastructure to boost transparency by curbing public procurement corruption.

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This PhD project is financed from the state budget of the Republic of Estonia and co-financed by Tallinn University.

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Ibrahimy, M.M., Norta, A., Normak, P. (2022). Achieving Corruption-Transparency in Service Governance Processes with Blockchain-Technology Based e-Participation. In: Di Noia, T., Ko, IY., Schedl, M., Ardito, C. (eds) Web Engineering. ICWE 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 13362. Springer, Cham.

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