Hivos International

Citizen Engagement

This guiding document provides concrete action-oriented driven information useful to local government bodies, Community Based Organisations (CBOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and trade unions working in different African countries on how to engage with Multinational Companies (MNCs) and their supply chain partners against child labour.

Liberia and South Africa communities of practice

A key element of Making All Voices Count is learning, and we have found that there is a ready appetite among our partners in-country to share experiences and ideas to support the work each is carrying out.

The Global Innovation Competition – keeping the good ideas in

In this post, South to South Lab Manager Declan Ottaro outlines the eligibility check which determined what #GIC2015 ideas made the cut, and the following steps in the competition.

Technology, communications and conflict prevention in Zanzibar

Blog | January 7, 2015 | Steven Leach, Richard Smith, Chas Morrison and Laura Payne

The following is the first of three blogs written by members of the ACTION Support Centre and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, in which they reflect on the early engagements of their research project funded by Making All Voices Count.

Using ICTs to support local responses to conflict and violence

Blog | January 21, 2015 | Steven Leach, Richard Smith, Chas Morrison and Laura Payne

The following is the final of three blogs written by members of the ACTION Support Centre and the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University, in which they reflect on the early engagements of their research project funded by Making All Voices Count.

Communal relations in Zanzibar

Reflections from the Global Voices Media Summit 2015

Blog | January 29, 2015 | Hyshyama Hamin

Last week in the Philippines, at the Global Voices Media Summit 2015, bloggers, activists, journalists, and actors from civil society, international organisations and government came together to explore connections between the open Internet, freedom of expression and online civic movements.

Can chaos and collision lead to co-creation of innovative ideas?

Blog | February 9, 2015 | Chris Underwood

Making All Voices Count is a programme that focuses global attention on innovative solutions and uses of technology that amplify the voices of citizens and enable more effective, accountable government response.

Over the past year, we have tested different ways to find, develop and support these solutions, as well as continually improving how we adapt to the context of each of our focus countries and bring key stakeholders to the table.

Can citizens really engage with government actors in Ghana – and where does tech fit in?

Blog | March 20, 2015 | Monica Nthiga

What are the opportunities and challenges of citizen participation in good governance in Accra, Ghana?

That’s the question asked last month by representatives from civil society organisations, the private sector, technology enthusiasts, media, academia and government institutions who convened at the University of Ghana to explore the role of citizens in influencing policy and governance in Ghana. Programme Officer Monica Nthiga reflects on her experience facilitating some of the discussions and looks at key questions raised.

Is tech-enabled citizen engagement a game changer for development?

Blog | March 20, 2015 | Duncan Edwards

This week a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) titled “Engaging Citizens: a Game Changer for Development?” was launched by the World Bank in partnership with the London School of Economics (LSE), Overseas Development Institute, CIVICUS, and Participedia. With about 15,000 people already registered it does seem to have generated a lot of interest.

Supporting land rights for South Africa’s farm workers

Blog | April 2, 2015 | Precious Greehy

Earlier this month, Programme Officer Precious Greeley and her team travelled to Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape of South Africa to talk with farm workers about their participation in South Africa’s Land Reform Process.

Below, Precious reflects on the stories they heard and the ongoing struggle to secure the rights of local communities.

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