Hivos International

Transparency & Accountability

Layers of learning

Blog | October 11, 2016 | Fletcher Tembo

As practitioners and researchers, it is our learning that can help us to achieve the changes that are needed to take us towards more sustainable, powerful, fulfilling and democratic systems. This means reflecting on our assumptions, asking difficult questions and seeking answers from both research and practice.

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.

Learning to Make All Voices Count across the world: six grantees, two days, and a workshop

Blog | November 3, 2016 | Michael Moses

Michael Moses, Director of Advocacy and Programmes at Global Integrity, introduces the new Learning to Make All Voices Count project and reflects on open governance and adaptive learning.

How might international actors, from donors to INGOs, do a better job of supporting the impact and effectiveness of their in-country partners?

Connecting the dots: pushing forward the implementation of OGP commitments

Blog | November 9, 2016 | Gabriella Razzano

Ahead of the Open Government Partnership Summit in Paris in December, Gabriella Razzano - Head of Research at the Open Democracy Advice Centre in South Africa - reflects on the imperative to push forward the implementation of OGP commitments.

Mind the gap: bridging the divide between tech hubs and civic tech

Blog | November 11, 2016 | Melissa Mbugua

There is an artificial divide between civic tech hubs and their more mainstream counterparts – and it’s impeding the growth and impact of tech for governance at a time where it could not be more important for Africa.

Opening governance with a new generation in Liberia

Blog | December 5, 2016 | Blair Glencorse and Heather Gilberds

This week, as the Open Government Partnership holds its 2016 summit in Paris, there will be many reflections on how to improve the ways that governments interact with citizens, and how to ensure that citizen voices and priorities are incorporated in policy-making.

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.

Innovation hubs: a journey of growth and discovery

Blog | December 20, 2016 | Melissa Mbugua

Innovation hubs are spaces where new ideas come to life. They embody new possibilities for development.

While many in the development field are watching to see how they fare as a new phenomenon in the 'global south', a question that has come to my mind as I have engaged with them is: who is supporting them along their journey of growth and discovery?

On doing the right thing right

Blog | January 4, 2017 | Pedro Prieto Martin

If the assumptions and plans you established for your project prove to be wrong... how do you know which are the right things to do?

And then, how do you make sure you do them right?

You often need to learn very quickly about what works and what doesn’t in the context where you operate, and to keep adapting your actions and plans accordingly. But in the context of tech for transparency and accountability (T4T&A) initiatives, this is not an easy task.