What Went Wrong? is a citizen journalism project mapping failed, unfinished, or broken aid projects across Africa. We are working to bring the voices of aid recipients to the forefront of the global discussion on foreign aid, inverting the traditional power dynamic by putting impact evaluation in the hands of the people most directly affected by aid interventions: the beneficiaries.
Concerned citizens across Africa will be able to report on how aid work is affecting their communities via text message and social media submissions. The information they provide will appear on an interactive-map and will be redirected in social media posts toward any NGOs involved. This reporting will broaden the public discourse on foreign aid, cultivate a more nuanced understanding of the human ramifications of failed projects, and increase transparency and accountability over time.