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GIC: Announcing 30 Innovations to Make All Voices Count

News | January 27, 2015

Today, we announce 30 Global Innovation Competition entrants who compete for a programme of South to South Lab mentoring, participation in the Global Innovation Week in Indonesia and a grant from a pool of £300,000.

The Global Innovation Competition 2015 #GIC2015 launched in September 2014 and attracted a total of 241 eligible ideas. The competition is part of the programme’s broader approach to finding and funding innovations. Read more on this here.

Global Innovation Competition makes a call for ideas

Global Innovation Competition makes a call for ideas


Following the first round of submissions, 25,000 votes were received from the public, who selected 50 ideas for the next round which consisted of a peer and jury review. The final 30, who will compete for 10 places at the Global Innovation Week, are as follows:

  1. A Voice for Women to Deepen Indonesian Democracy – Indonesia: Promoting women’s use of social media to monitor local government activities.
  2. Listen to her: women’s rights and access to land – Liberia, Kenya, Uganda: Using creative participatory audiovisual tools and an online portal to challenge unjust practices which prevent poor rural women from having access to land.
  3. Agenda Ya Binti (Swhaili for the girls agenda) – Tanzania: Using TV and radio to bring rural girls face-to-face with government representatives to set the agenda for the 2015 election.
  4. Policy Dialogue through Visualization of Open Data – Indonesia: Visualizing budget data using a digital map to support and strengthen policy dialogue in Indonesia.
  5. Face 2 Face: Widening Local Dialogue in Mozambique – Mozambique: Combining ICT tools and social media to promote public intervention and the right to information via community radio.
  6. Volunteer Network Platform on Climate Change Info – Indonesia: Building a network of volunteers for those living in disaster-prone areas to discuss and share solutions to problems caused by climate change.
  7. BudgIT: Tracking Budget  in Nigeria States – Nigeria: Using which measures government performance in rural and urban areas, this project will raise the demand for accountability by citizens.
  8. The Youth Parliament Uganda – Uganda: Engaging youth by creating a platform where they can debate and discuss social, economic and political issues.
  9. Jamii na Madini – Mining Rules of Engagement – Kenya: Using mobile tech to facilitate dialogue between communities, companies and the government to improve transparency of extractive development.
  10. Safe Factories in Bangladesh – Bangladesh: Making poor labour conditions more transparent, by providing an electronic suggestion box for factory workers to report health hazards, abuse, and other violations anonymously.
  11. Making Sure Goods & Services Get to those in Need – The Philippines: Using basic phone tech and open source software to monitor, report and help improve public services for communities affected by disaster.
  12. Responsive Governance via Active Youth Engagement – Pakistan:  Equipping youth with modern communication tools, skills, and a platform to hold officials to account.
  13. Save Lives and Follow the Money for  Resilience – The Philippines: Following disaster response money, through the use of tablet tech, to help families recover with more transparent and responsive government support.
  14. Balangay: A cloud-based info-system for disaster – The Philippines: Empowering communities through a cloud-based information system to prepare for before, during and after a natural disaster.
  15. Botanical Reintegration Village (BRV) –  Liberia: Ensuring improved livelihood of former child-soldiers and women associated with fighting forces and other war affected youths.
  16. Young Women For Society – Tanzania: Mobilizing young women through grassroots participation and tech to promote accountability, transparency and decrease corruption.
  17. Action Voices Project – Ghana: Creating a direct and constant link between local leaders and citizens using mobile tech and accountability systems.
  18. CountyFesto – Kenya: Eradicating corruption through a public awareness app aimed at sharing county fund allocations and expenditure.
  19. E-Mergency –  Ghana: Improving emergency care delivery by using a location-based caller app with first aid education services.
  20. COMBINE – Indonesia: Revolutionizing how the General Allocation Grant (DAU) is distributed; instead of calculated based on a set of data, Local Governments will receive DAU based on proposed expenditures.
  21. Barefootlaw – Uganda: Using tech to deliver free legal services to increase justice for all.
  22. The Citizen Justice Network – South Africa: Equipping activists using traditional and new media to find gripping stories and change laws.
  23. iBudget.natin! (Let’s Budget Together!) – The Philippines: Combining community meetings with the power of SMS and digital platforms, the project will intensify the reach and impact of the participatory budgeting tool.
  24. Maskani Conversations, Our voice – Kenya: Using social media to facilitate public participation and promote civic engagement on critical issues.
  25. Project DRIMS – The Philippines: Aiding the government through an information and monitoring system to identify disaster responsive services.
  26. Advocacy Forest Concession for Women’s Welfare – Indonesia: Strengthening women’s capacity to participate in decision-making processes at the village and district level.
  27. Enhancing Inter-communal dialogue and relations – Kenya: Using sports, art and tech to provide a platform for interaction, healing and mending relations in conflict prone communities.
  28. MyVoiceGh – Ghana: Creating a web platform for citizens to mobilize petitions to present to government.
  29. Know Your Rights M3 Mobile Messaging to the Masses – Kenya: Connecting people with their government through mobile tech so they can easily understand their rights.
  30. Promoting Good Governance in Rural Liberia – Liberia: Using journalism to amplify the voices of marginalised citizens in decision-making processes

For more information on the Global Innovation Competition process see the manual here.