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Social Innovation

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.

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.

Can ICT innovation adequately support conflict prevention?

Blog | January 14, 2015 | Steven Leach, Richard Smith, Chas Morrison and Laura Payne

George Osodi / Panos Pictures

The following is the second 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

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.

Making women’s issues not women-only issues in Kenya

Making All Voices Count Programme Officers Mendi Njonjo and Crystal Simeoni reflect on their experience hosting debates on support for female politicians and the inclusion of women’s issues in the political sphere in Kwale, Kenya.

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.

Five things we learned at the Global Innovation Competition 2015

Blog | May 4, 2015 | Narayan Adhikari and Fayyaz Yaseen

Last month, Narayan Adhikari and Fayyaz Yaseen from Accountability Lab took part in the finals of the Global Innovation Competition (GIC) 2015. In this blog, they reflect on the GIC process, the people they met, and the lessons learned.

Narayan Adhikari and Fayyaz Yaseen from Accountability Lab

Accountable governance inside out and outside in

Blog | May 6, 2015 | Rosie McGee

In our eagerness to be constructive, we who work for accountable governance from our comfort zones in the global north sometimes forget what it’s like to live with a deeply unaccountable state. 

The influence of social and cultural factors on technology innovation

Blog | May 7, 2015 | Monica Nthiga and Kevin Fender

This blog reflects on key lessons for designing projects.

For innovation to make sense it must represent what is plausible and meaningful to the users. In October 2014, Making All Voices Count and Diocese of Kitui – Catholic Justice and Peace Commission launched project, Enhancing the participation of women in devolved governance in Kitui County, targeting women and women leaders in Kitui West and Mwingi West constituencies.

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