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Connecting the dots: pushing forward the implementation of OGP commitments

Blog | November 9, 2016 | Gabriella Razzano

Ahead of the Open Government Partnership Summit in Paris in December, Gabriella Razzano - Head of Research at the Open Democracy Advice Centre in South Africa - reflects on the imperative to push forward the implementation of OGP commitments.

Innovation hubs: a journey of growth and discovery

Blog | December 20, 2016 | Melissa Mbugua

Innovation hubs are spaces where new ideas come to life. They embody new possibilities for development.

While many in the development field are watching to see how they fare as a new phenomenon in the 'global south', a question that has come to my mind as I have engaged with them is: who is supporting them along their journey of growth and discovery?

On doing the right thing right

Blog | January 4, 2017 | Pedro Prieto Martin

If the assumptions and plans you established for your project prove to be wrong... how do you know which are the right things to do?

And then, how do you make sure you do them right?

You often need to learn very quickly about what works and what doesn’t in the context where you operate, and to keep adapting your actions and plans accordingly. But in the context of tech for transparency and accountability (T4T&A) initiatives, this is not an easy task.

Exploring tech innovation hubs

Blog | January 17, 2017 | Preston Whitt

As part of a research project funded by Making All Voices Count, Results for Development’s governance team is exploring how technology innovation hubs in Africa are engaging with local policy-makers, and whether these interactions influence the co-creation of government policies and solutions.

The first step in this process, however, is defining what we mean by ‘tech innovation hub’.

Civic tech in social accountability: What we are learning

Blog | January 20, 2017 | Fletcher Tembo

In December 2016, Making All Voices Count director Dr Fletcher Tembo participated at the 'Civic Tech: The Tech Community as a Social Accountability Interlocutor for Better Results' seminar at the World Bank.

A people’s movement reflects and adapts to move forward

Blog | February 20, 2017 | Karen Brock

In 2010, after two decades of civil society campaigning, Kenya adopted one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, including a commitment to wide-ranging economic and social rights. Yet systematic change in the conditions of marginalisation and rights abuse that affect many of Kenya’s citizens has been slow to follow.

Political language and political action: An OGP lesson for South Africa

Blog | February 22, 2017 | Gabriella Razzano

A few days ago, Gabriella Razzano from the Open Democracy Advice Centre in South Africa shared her thoughts and reflections on the Open Government Partnership and ODAC's project with Making All Voices Count.

How to work with government teams

Blog | April 19, 2017 | Ivy Ong

Citizens have fast-increasing access to tools that enable them to monitor government performance and express their views in real time. Efforts to empower citizens need to be accompanied by state mechanisms to ensure accountability and responsiveness.

Greater accountability and responsiveness can only be brought about by working with government teams across all levels.

Digital technologies exclude

Blog | May 2, 2017 | Tony Roberts

This month I have been in the Philippines researching participatory technology initiatives designed to include Filipino citizens in participatory governance programmes.

Surprisingly I came back more concerned about the ways that digital technologies exclude the most marginalised. In this blogpost I explain the reasons why.

Engage, incubate and collaborate: How we innovate and help make Indonesian cities more open

Blog | May 18, 2017 | Open Data Labs

When we first started our Innovating for Open Cities project last year with the support of Making All Voices Count, we embarked on a mission to demonstrate the value of open data in improving citizens’ lives in Indonesian cities, specifically in Jakarta and Banda Aceh.

The goal was to open up opportunities for citizens and civil society to influence policy-making at the local level and collectively tackle urban challenges more quickly and effectively.