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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Competition is key: Reflections on #Tech4Gov Pakistan

Blog | May 21, 2015 | Hyshyama Hamin

Ten years ago, if you wanted to secure funding for an international development project, you’d write a project proposal, put together a log-frame and send it to a donor.

Today, both donors and people they are funding are exploring new ways to inspire, improve and showcase their ideas for new projects – and are increasingly using commercial, competitive approaches to do so.

There is no Department for Responsiveness in government – #Wii4M?

Blog | June 5, 2015 | Melissa Mbugua

Here at Ushahidi we often say technology is only 10% of the solution, and the other 90% is people and the partnerships they form – and that includes people in government as well as ordinary people seeking to make their voices heard.