Hivos International

Open and Responsive Government

Reflecting on adaptiveness in T4T&A initiatives

Blog | October 27, 2016 | Pedro Prieto Martin

Current calls for more adaptive approaches to development resonate with existing attempts to increase adaptiveness in other fields, like software development and service design.

The Digital and Technology Cluster at the Institute of Development Studies is using its grant from Making All Voices Count to research adaptive approaches in different fields – with a special focus on tech for transparency and accountability (T4T&A) initiatives.

Learning to Make All Voices Count across the world: six grantees, two days, and a workshop

Blog | November 3, 2016 | Michael Moses

Michael Moses, Director of Advocacy and Programmes at Global Integrity, introduces the new Learning to Make All Voices Count project and reflects on open governance and adaptive learning.

How might international actors, from donors to INGOs, do a better job of supporting the impact and effectiveness of their in-country partners?

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.

Mind the gap: bridging the divide between tech hubs and civic tech

Blog | November 11, 2016 | Melissa Mbugua

There is an artificial divide between civic tech hubs and their more mainstream counterparts – and it’s impeding the growth and impact of tech for governance at a time where it could not be more important for Africa.

Opening governance with a new generation in Liberia

Blog | December 5, 2016 | Blair Glencorse and Heather Gilberds

This week, as the Open Government Partnership holds its 2016 summit in Paris, there will be many reflections on how to improve the ways that governments interact with citizens, and how to ensure that citizen voices and priorities are incorporated in policy-making.

Open governance – the complexity of scale

Blog | December 6, 2016 | Duncan Edwards

It’s been a busy few months in Making All Voices Count. The programme’s strategic focus has shifted towards maximising opportunities for learning from the wide range of innovative projects and research the programme has supported.

While I’ve been managing the MAVC research programme, we have built up a diverse portfolio of over 60 research projects, some completed, the majority coming to an end over the next year.

Bridging the gap: Churches and communities engaging for accountable governance

Blog | January 26, 2017 | Ciana-Marie Pegus

This week, I was invited to speak on a panel at the UK Parliamentary launch of international faith-based organisation Tearfund’s MAVC-funded research - Bridging the Gap: The Role of Local Churches in Fostering Local-Level Social Accountability.

Let’s get vertical

Blog | February 7, 2017 | Joy Aceron and Francis Isaac

Whenever we talk of reform or transformation, we implicitly recognise the social wrongs and ills that we want to change for the better.

The question is, how does change for the better actually happen, and how can it be sustained under changing circumstances?

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.

Technology and transformed governance in Indonesia

Blog | February 28, 2017 | Fajri Siregar & Larastri Kumaralalita

From mobile apps to SMS, new communication technologies are offering hope for improved public service and increased citizens’ participation in government decision-making in Indonesia. But there are still pitfalls and challenges to overcome…