Web Application Development
Public Platform
Digital Government

Law to the People: a platform to help flag up corruption-generating laws

Background

The National Anticorruption Center (NAC), the authority that reports to Moldovan Parliament, is specializing in the prevention and fight against corruption, corruption-related acts and corruptible deeds. It also performs the tasks of the Secretariat of the Monitoring Group for National Anti-Corruption Strategy implementation. Among others, the National Anticorruption Center is the responsible body for conducting anti-corruption assessment of laws and by-laws, as well as for coordinating corruption risk assessment process in public institutions.

Goal

The National Anticorruption Center needed a platform to flag laws which generate or may generate corruption cases. The platform should allow citizens who are direct beneficiaries of normative acts, private sector and civil society representatives to signal laws or normative acts containing ambiguous and interpretable provisions that may generate corruption.

Thus, the main technical objectives of this project were:

to develop a mechanism for managing the submission processes of notifications;
to ensure a case management workflow;
to provide reporting functions.

Solution

The platform’s interface was designed by the winning team attending the "Hack Corruption. Law to the People." LEGATHON organized by UNDP Moldova in partnership with NAC. The participants were guided by anti-corruption experts and IT specialists (business analyst and designers) from Indrivo.

To answer all of the technical challenges, Indrivo planned, executed and tested each step from conceptualization to implementation and maintenance, meticulously. Drupal 8 was chosen for its flexibility and customizable features, being the most secure Open Source CMS in the market, stable and scalable enough for this platform to be launched. Step one of development was focused on creating all the custom API integrations with Legis.md (state register of legal acts, regulations and laws). All API integrations were coded to reduce latency and improve functionality.

Our team worked hard to develop two interfaces for this platform, an intuitive user interface (for unregistered users) which enables users to complete the task for which they came to the website and a well-designed, easy-to-maintain interface for administrative activities for NAC experts.

The project was managed using agile methodologies, we created prototypes and continuously released modules with essential functionalities. Indrivo provides ongoing maintenance, ensuring that the code of the platform is always kept up to date.

Results & Benefits

The objective of this project has been achieved. This application has the role of increasing the quality of normative acts, people have now the possibility to get involved in the process of improving the legal framework, to take action, to identify and notify the deficient normative acts which have generated or can generate acts of corruption, abuse or other illegalities. The reported cases are reviewed by the NAC experts to identify the corruption risks and suggest modifications. Finally, the revised and amended laws are republished in the state register of legal acts.

Technologies

PHP
Drupal 8
JavaScript
HTML / CSS
Twig

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