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Transparency & Accountability

Exploring tech innovation hubs

Blog | January 17, 2017 | Preston Whitt

As part of a research project funded by Making All Voices Count, Results for Development’s governance team is exploring how technology innovation hubs in Africa are engaging with local policy-makers, and whether these interactions influence the co-creation of government policies and solutions.

The first step in this process, however, is defining what we mean by ‘tech innovation hub’.

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.

Bridging the gap: Churches and communities engaging for accountable governance

Blog | January 26, 2017 | Ciana-Marie Pegus

This week, I was invited to speak on a panel at the UK Parliamentary launch of international faith-based organisation Tearfund’s MAVC-funded research - Bridging the Gap: The Role of Local Churches in Fostering Local-Level Social Accountability.

Let’s get vertical

Blog | February 7, 2017 | Joy Aceron and Francis Isaac

Whenever we talk of reform or transformation, we implicitly recognise the social wrongs and ills that we want to change for the better.

The question is, how does change for the better actually happen, and how can it be sustained under changing circumstances?

A people’s movement reflects and adapts to move forward

Blog | February 20, 2017 | Karen Brock

In 2010, after two decades of civil society campaigning, Kenya adopted one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, including a commitment to wide-ranging economic and social rights. Yet systematic change in the conditions of marginalisation and rights abuse that affect many of Kenya’s citizens has been slow to follow.

Political language and political action: An OGP lesson for South Africa

Blog | February 22, 2017 | Gabriella Razzano

A few days ago, Gabriella Razzano from the Open Democracy Advice Centre in South Africa shared her thoughts and reflections on the Open Government Partnership and ODAC's project with Making All Voices Count.

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…

Learning to Make All Voices Count: Pursuing openness through iterative adaptation

Blog | March 7, 2017 | Michael Moses and Sue Shoal

Recent events are sowing doubts about the longevity of the open government movement. Elected leaders all over the world – from Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines to Jacob Zuma in South Africa to Donald Trump in the United States – are regularly flouting democratic norms.

How should open government advocates respond? How can they maintain momentum for open governance when elected officials take steps to reduce transparency and accountability?

Rating post-rape services as a tool for accountability to rape survivors

Blog | March 8, 2017 | Ciana-Marie Pegus

Today is International Women’s Day. In South Africa, women’s day is celebrated on 9 August, to commemorate the moment in 1956 when 20,000 women marched to protest against the imposition of the infamous apartheid ‘pass laws’ which limited their freedom of movement.

The spirit of this key turning point in women’s empowerment and political mobilisation was captured in a popular protest song:Wathint' Abafazi Wathint' imbokodo! – now you have touched women, you have struck a rock.

Citizen-generated data in the information ecosystem

Blog | March 21, 2017 | Ssanyu Rebecca

The call for a data revolution by the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel in the run up to Agenda 2030 stimulated debate and action in terms of innovative ways of generating and sharing data.