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Announcing 50 Ideas to Improve Citizen-State Relations

News | December 3, 2014

The Global Innovation Competition calls for fresh ideas from actors across the world with powerful ideas to amplify citizen voice and make governments more transparent, responsive and accountable.

This is part of Making All Voices Count’s broader approach to finding and funding innovations to improve citizen-state relations; read more on this here.

Global Innovation Competition makes a call for ideas

The Global Innovation Competition 2015 #GIC2015 launched in September 2014 and attracted a total of 241 eligible ideas. From October 22 – November 23 the public voted for their favourite entries, and today – having received over 25,000 votes – we announce the 50 that will progress to the next round.

These compete for a grant from a pool of £300,000, participation in Global Innovation Week in Jakarta, Indonesia and South to South Lab mentoring.

In line with the programme’s goals of inclusivity, four ideas were awarded wildcards to ensure those from less-ICT enabled communities had their voices heard. In addition, as a result of an independent analysis of  votes cast, four submissions were found to be in breach of the terms and conditions of the competition. These were disqualified as per Section 8 of the GIC Manual.

The 50 ideas:

  2. BudgIT: Tracking Budget in Nigeria States – Nigeria
  3. Agenda Ya Binti (Swahaili for the girls agenda) – Tanzania
  4. WaziWazi – The Legislature ‘Can’ Opener – Kenya
  5. A Voice for Women to Deepen Indonesian Democracy – Indonesia
  6. Information On My Hand – Indonesia
  7. Location Attributed Budget for Accountability – Indonesia 
  8. Helping Marginal Groups to Access Social Insurance – Indonesia 
  9. Volunteer Network Platform on Climate Change Info – Indonesia 
  10. Policy Dialog through Visualization of Open Data – Indonesia 
  11. MyVoiceGh – Ghana 
  12. Project DRIMS – The Philippines 
  13. Right to Medicine through M-Patient – Tanzania
  14. Building a platform for Public and Policy Makers – Uganda
  15. Know Your Rights M3 Mobile Messaging to the Masses – Kenya
  16. Health Center – Ghana
  17. Responsive Governance via Active Youth Engagement – Pakistan
  18. Action Voices Project – Ghana
  19. DistrictRank – Ghana
  20. Young Women for Society – Tanzania
  21. Enhancing inter-communal dialogue and relations – Kenya
  22. E-Mergency – Ghana
  23. citizen-driven local newspapers – Kenya
  24. Native People vs. Greenwashing – The Philippines
  25. Making Sure Goods & Services Get to Those in Need – The Philippines
  26. Botanical Reintegration Village (BRV) – Liberia
  27. Nia Network – Kenya
  28. Promoting Good Governance in Rural Liberia – Liberia
  29. Community Dialogue Forum – Nigeria
  30. Maskani Conversations, Our Voice – Kenya
  31. A social media enabled legislative database – Indonesia
  32. iBudget.natin! (Let’s Budget Together!) – The Philippines
  33. BAREFOOTLAW – Uganda
  34. Uwazi – Kenya
  35. Listen to her: women’s rights and assess to land – Liberia
  36. COMBINE – Indonesia
  37. Openness in Policy Making on Poverty Reduction – Indonesia
  38. Save Lives and Follow the Money for Resilience – The Philippines
  40. The Citizen Justice Network – South Africa
  41. Mheshimiwa SMS Based Information Sharing Platform – Kenya
  42. Advocacy Forest Concession for Women’s Welfare – Indonesia
  43. Jamii na Madini – Mining Rules of Engagement – Kenya
  44. CountyFesto – Kenya
  45. Eye of the Citizens – Txeka La! – Mozambique
  46. Balangay: A cloud-based info-system for disaster – The Philippines
  47. Teledemocratic Dashboard – South Africa
  48. Face 2 Face: Widening Local Dialogue in Mozambique – Mozambique
  49. A shadow government of the women – Bangladesh
  50. Safe Factories in Bangladesh – Bangladesh

The next steps:

From today, semi-finalists will start to submit additional information that will be used in the peer review. Following, there will be a GIC screening and the Global Innovation Week.


  • Fri 19-Dec: Peer review begins
  • Wed 21-Jan: Peer review ends
  • Tues 27-Jan: Third round applicants announced
  • Wed 28-Jan: Third round screening review begins
  • Wed 25-Feb: Third round screening review ends
  • Mon 02-Mar: Finalists announced
  • Mon 13-Apr: Global Innovation Week
  • Thu 16-Apr: Global Innovation Gala Night
  • Fri 17-Apr: Global Innovation Week ends


For a look back at the Global Innovation Competition Week 2014, watch below. We thank everyone for their participation so far, and look forward to your further involvement in the #GIC2015