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Disengaged South African youth? 10,000 members of VIP say otherwise

Blog | July 6, 2015 | Melissa Mbugua

Livity Africa‘s new initiative Voting is Power (VIP) Debate Club is tapping into the energy of South Africa’s youth to support better representation of young people’s voices in national politics.

In this blog, Making All Voices Count’s Melissa Mbugua reflects on their success and promise for the future.

Whoever says youth don’t care about politics should watch the South African space.

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?

When does the state listen?

Blog | September 10, 2015 | Miguel Loureiro

Communication between state and citizens is a key element of an equal and just society – but do we know if the state is listening to us?

A group of researchers from Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Tanzania looked at the extent to which the state listens; to whom, how, when and why. Lead researcher, Miguel Loureiro introduces the research in this first blog of a weekly series, which will explore these questions in each country.

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.

What we’re learning about using ICTs to improve rural water services

Blog | September 30, 2015 | Jen Williams

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

In the third blog of this series, the team discuss how they analysed the data from the various semi-structured interviews and project documentation from the eight initiatives.

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.

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