Hivos International


Citizen journalism in the Philippines: public pressure for public accountability

Blog | August 18, 2016 | Anastasia-Areti Gavrili

If you thought that your daily commute to work was difficult – getting the buses in London or riding the (usually late) trains in Amsterdam - and if you think your government should improve public transport, spare a thought for the people in North Kotabato, a village in the south of the Philippines…

One bridge that gets you to work.

Half a metre of stagnant flood water to wade through every day.

Context and accountability in Pakistan: a new generation of champions?

Blog | August 25, 2016 | Faran Mahmood

Imagine a democracy where party leaders’ larger-than-life personality dwarfs the party itself, and where candidates are elected solely on the basis of their political or personal affiliation – regardless of their knowledge of issues, answers to questions during televised debates and their political experience.

Imagine a country where voters have no idea about their party’s election manifesto, and where those who do ask questions are left with little clue as to what the party’s actual plan of action really is.

What is an active citizen? Reflections from South Africa

Blog | September 6, 2016 | Kekeletso Molebatsi

Since the launch of the Yowzit Connect-Tech project in 2014, I find myself constantly talking about creating an active citizenry. The ‘active citizenry’ term comes up up in daily conversations about the programme’s goals and future.

Voice or chatter: towards new meanings of citizen engagement

Blog | September 15, 2016 | Deepti Bharthur

Even in July, a time when the monsoons offers some respite from soaring summer temperatures in India, the heat continues to blaze in Jaipur. There’s been no rain. The state, situated in the arid western fringe of the country, is witnessing a drought for the second year running.

With great responsibility comes… no power? Open data in local government

Blog | October 7, 2016 | Carol Morgan

At the International Open Data Conference this year, the theme is'Global goals, local impact’ – embracing local government and community perspectives on the national and international open data commitments made over the last few years.

Bridging traditional and digital activism: re-thinking political participation

Blog | October 18, 2016 | Monica Nthiga

“Digital activism can help formal forms of activism achieve scale – it’s not an end in itself” – Paul Mason,

Last week, we hosted one of our regular South-to-South Lab webinars, this time focused on how different organisations are using digital tools to create social movements.

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.

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.

Civic tech in social accountability: What we are learning

Blog | January 20, 2017 | Fletcher Tembo

In December 2016, Making All Voices Count director Dr Fletcher Tembo participated at the 'Civic Tech: The Tech Community as a Social Accountability Interlocutor for Better Results' seminar at the World Bank.

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…