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Transparency & Accountability

What we’re learning about how organisations select ICT tools

Blog | March 27, 2016 | Tom Walker

Technology is playing an increasingly prominent part in civil society efforts to strengthen citisens’ voice and hold governments to account in Africa. But to make a technology-driven project successful, picking the right tool is essential.

Even though the tool itself will play only a small part in determining whether a project works or not, the choice is often a critical one. Choosing poorly can frustrate projects, sucking away time and money that could have been spent elsewhere.

Can SMS really transform women’s inclusion in governance processes?

Blog | April 13, 2016 | Carol Morgan

For many of us, standing up, raising our voice and expressing our opinion is something we take for granted.

We can comment about government services online, protest publicly where we think these services are failing, and feed back on how we think our government can improve.

But, for many people - especially women - this is not a given. And where this happens, the inability of women to raise their voices means that critical decisions are made in forums that exclude half the community.

Does e-governance in the Philippines really mean ‘e-inclusion’?

Blog | April 25, 2016 | Vivien Suerte-Cortez

More and more, governments around the world are using the internet to become more open, inclusive and responsive. They spend significant amounts of money in designing and developing new, technology-enabled systems to reach out to ordinary people and get them involved in governance processes.

The principle is that 'e-governance' is open, inclusive, available to everyone.

But does e-governance live up to the hype?

Research, evidence and ethics in ‘civic tech’ – a call to action

Blog | May 4, 2016 | Rosemary McGee

Last week’s TICTeC Conference in Barcelona, organised by mySociety, was a reminder of the promise and perils of youth. 

As a young and quickly-evolving field, ‘civic tech’ (its term, not mine) is bursting with ideas, innovation, freshness and enthusiasm. That’s great, especially when these are infused with the will to address injustices and inequalities that favour some human beings to the detriment of others. 

Politics, persistence and publicity – transforming education in Pakistan

Blog | May 23, 2016 | Rafia Malik, Fayyaz Yaseen and Syen Kauser Abba

In 2015, Accountability Lab won one of the top spots in Making All Voices Count's Global Innovation Competition with their project that brings tech-savvy youth activists together with Pakistan's open data movement.

Tech for open governance: where are we standing, and where do we go?

Blog | May 24, 2016 | Fletcher Tembo

Last week I attended the ICT4D conference in Nairobi, that brought together NGO’s, donors and entrepreneurs to discuss how technology can be used for development - and how (and if) we are moving from innovation to impact. 

Technopoly – ICT4D and the digital divide

Blog | June 1, 2016 | Anastasia-Areti Gavrili

During the recent ICT4D conference in Nairobi, hundreds of representatives from donor groups, NGOs, tech companies and individual entrepreneurs put their heads together to figure out how we can use technology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

We live in an increasingly digitalised world and technology is becoming a basic part in our day to day lives. It’s a fact.

Building bridges between tech and development at Sahara Sparks

Blog | June 6, 2016 | Gregory Omondi

On May 13th - 14th, 2016; I represented Making All Voices Count in the Sahara Sparks Conference, the largest ICT event in Tanzania.

The conference aims to bring together ICT stakeholders and lead decision makers to discuss the impact of ICT on  local communities and how technology can be used as a tool to improve people’s lives in every aspect of development.

Technology is never neutral

Blog | June 15, 2016 | Indra de Lanerolle

The phrase “It’s not about the tech” has become a truism in the overlapping landscapes of ICT for Development (ICTD), ‘civic tech’ and ‘technology for transparency and accountability’ (T4T&A) - as well as neighbouring fields of social and technical innovation.

Are ‘small’ stories the key to making sense of big data?

Blog | June 21, 2016 | Anastasia-Areti Gavrili

Last month, on the sidelines of the ICT4D conference in Nairobi, I met with Making All Voices Count partners and got to know more about their exciting projects in Africa and Asia.