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What’s on paper vs. what actually works: ‘citizen engagement processes’ in Kenya

Blog | March 16, 2016 | Varyanne Sika

Recently, we joined more than 100 people from counties across Kenya to discuss how to strengthen the County Budget Economic Forums.

These forums have been set up to support public involvement in deciding how county budgets are spent - and we should be thrilled to see government-mandated process for making budgets open for anyone to discuss with county government.

Buzzwords and barriers to citizen participation in Ghana

Blog | March 22, 2016 | Birgit Deuss

Buzzwords like empowerment, good governance and accountability are more than often used by NGOs or policy makers.

For people like me - and I suspect many others - these words often don't reflect what is actually happening. What - please someone tell me - is 'active stakeholder engagement', and how do I know if it has actually taken place?

Are you an innovator or an inventor?

Blog | March 24, 2016 | Indra de Lanerolle

Elon Musk, the creator of Space XTesla Motors and SolarCity, is one of the world’s most famous innovators. Born in South Africa, his story offers inspiration across the continent.

What we’re learning about how organisations select ICT tools

Blog | March 27, 2016 | Tom Walker

Technology is playing an increasingly prominent part in civil society efforts to strengthen citisens’ voice and hold governments to account in Africa. But to make a technology-driven project successful, picking the right tool is essential.

Even though the tool itself will play only a small part in determining whether a project works or not, the choice is often a critical one. Choosing poorly can frustrate projects, sucking away time and money that could have been spent elsewhere.

Does e-governance in the Philippines really mean ‘e-inclusion’?

Blog | April 25, 2016 | Vivien Suerte-Cortez

More and more, governments around the world are using the internet to become more open, inclusive and responsive. They spend significant amounts of money in designing and developing new, technology-enabled systems to reach out to ordinary people and get them involved in governance processes.

The principle is that 'e-governance' is open, inclusive, available to everyone.

But does e-governance live up to the hype?

Research, evidence and ethics in ‘civic tech’ – a call to action

Blog | May 4, 2016 | Rosemary McGee

Last week’s TICTeC Conference in Barcelona, organised by mySociety, was a reminder of the promise and perils of youth. 

As a young and quickly-evolving field, ‘civic tech’ (its term, not mine) is bursting with ideas, innovation, freshness and enthusiasm. That’s great, especially when these are infused with the will to address injustices and inequalities that favour some human beings to the detriment of others. 

Politics, persistence and publicity – transforming education in Pakistan

Blog | May 23, 2016 | Rafia Malik, Fayyaz Yaseen and Syen Kauser Abba

In 2015, Accountability Lab won one of the top spots in Making All Voices Count's Global Innovation Competition with their project that brings tech-savvy youth activists together with Pakistan's open data movement.

Tech for open governance: where are we standing, and where do we go?

Blog | May 24, 2016 | Fletcher Tembo

Last week I attended the ICT4D conference in Nairobi, that brought together NGO’s, donors and entrepreneurs to discuss how technology can be used for development - and how (and if) we are moving from innovation to impact. 

Building bridges between tech and development at Sahara Sparks

Blog | June 6, 2016 | Gregory Omondi

On May 13th - 14th, 2016; I represented Making All Voices Count in the Sahara Sparks Conference, the largest ICT event in Tanzania.

The conference aims to bring together ICT stakeholders and lead decision makers to discuss the impact of ICT on  local communities and how technology can be used as a tool to improve people’s lives in every aspect of development.

Are ‘small’ stories the key to making sense of big data?

Blog | June 21, 2016 | Anastasia-Areti Gavrili

Last month, on the sidelines of the ICT4D conference in Nairobi, I met with Making All Voices Count partners and got to know more about their exciting projects in Africa and Asia.