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‘Politicians are people too’: common sense perspectives shape local governance programmes in Ghana

Blog | June 8, 2015 | Nicoline van der Torre

Last month, I travelled to Accra to take part in one of our new, governance-focussed Community of Practice meetings, and to talk with Ghanaian government officials about whether they think tech can play a role in shaping local governance programmes in Ghana.

Testing the waters: How ICT reporting improves rural water supplies

Blog | August 6, 2015 | Jen Williams

Over the last 12 months, WaterAidItad and IRC Wash have conducted desk-based research to understand the reasons why some ICT initiatives to improve water supply in rural areas may succeed where others don’t.

The team have produced a series of blogs reflecting on the research and, in this post, we introduce some of the key research questions and a first look at our findings.

How do ICTs improve access to water services?

Blog | August 18, 2015 | Jen Williams

Over the past twelve months WaterAid, Itad and IRC have been conducting desk research to better understand why some ICT initiatives improving water supply in rural areas succeed where others don’t.

In this second blog of the series, Jen Williams discusses the designs of the eight different ICT initiatives from the study, and explains how they work.

#HackJak2015: a transformed relationship between citizens and government?

Blog | August 21, 2015 | Nicoline van der Torre

This year, Making All Voices Count has been supporting the Jakarta City Government to convene the second annual HackJak - a combination of scrapathon, hackathon and visualthon that aims to make government data publicly available.

Working with civil society, the media and NGOs, the City Government has led an initiative to help them refine what their key governance ‘problem statements’ are, open government data to hackers, coders and graphic designers and see if, together, they can use this data find solutions.

What are the next steps in innovation for good governance?

Blog | August 28, 2015 | Lucy von Sturmer

'What are the next steps in innovation for good governance?' This was the theme for this year’s second annual Buntwani conference, which brought together global thought leaders from civil society, government, academia and technology to ask: what in innovation for governance is actually working, what isn’t, and why?

e-Government Platforms in Kenya – Evidence of Change, or ‘Politics for Show’?

Blog | September 23, 2015 | Nyambura Salome

Researcher Nyambura Salome asks whether Kenya’s new e-government platforms have helped to increase citizen engagement with the state - or is it all politics for show?

The Jubilee Alliance won Kenya’s 2013 election campaign on the promise of delivering a new “digital and techno-savvy” government, in contrast to the opposition’s “analogue” mode of politics.

Responsibility leads to responsiveness: Lessons on using ICTs to improve water supplies

Blog | October 12, 2015 | Jen Williams

Over the past twelve months WaterAid, Itad and IRC carried out research to better understand why some ICT initiatives improving water supply in rural areas succeed, where others don’t.

In the fourth and final blog of this series, looking at eight ICT initiatives, researcher Jen Williams summarises the results of the research, and discusses how responsibility has led to responsiveness and action.

The 7-hour itch: Diary of a Kenyan eCitizen

Blog | October 15, 2015 | Nyambura Salome

As part of Making All Voices Count’s new research series, When Does the State Listen?, Dr. Nyambura Salome has been looking at whether Kenya’s new e-government platforms have increased citizen engagement with the state.

Here she talks about her own experience using the government new iTax platform that aims to provide a easy, accessible way for Kenyans to connect with their government's tax system.

We have to dream to innovate – but must make the most of what’s already there

Blog | March 8, 2016 | Brian Paul Mnyampi

Last month, Brian Paul Mnyampi and Sanne van den Berg went to meet community radio station Radio Kwizera in Ngara, in the far North West of Tanzania.

The small town boasts a population of only 10,000 people – but its radio station, Radio Kwizera, is the 9th most popular station in the country and has a huge presence in the lives of the Ngara community.

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?