As we head towards the end of Making All Voices Count, we're continuing to produce research publications, which we'll keep updating you about in this newsletter in the weeks to come.
We're also preparing to share and discuss learning from across the programme at our final event, Appropriating Technology for Accountability, on October 25th-26th.
We will be asking what roles do technologies play in citizen voice and transparency for achieving accountable and responsive governance, and what we've learnt about supporting work in this field.
Open data, digital mapping and accountability
This research reflects on the impact of eight years of community-based data collection and open source mapping in the informal settlement of Kibera, in Kenya. It concludes that such a long-term process of open, community-based data collection can lead to greater trust, which is often lacking in marginalised places. Map Kibera’s engagement with policymakers in three sectors – education, water and security – illustrates how is possible to achieve sector-wide ramifications beyond the scope of the initial project, including increased resources and better targeting of services by government and NGOs.
Engaging people fully in the information value chain can be the missing link between data as a measurement tool, and information having an impact on social development.
Innovations to engage youth in accountability work in Liberia
How has the Accountability Lab, an NGO which supports change-makers to develop and implement positive ideas for building integrity, worked towards strengthening Liberia’s accountability ecosystem? In this practice paper, the Lab’s director and research advisor reflect on their work with young people, and their attempts to put adaptive learning principles into practice.
Transparency and accountability in hurricane response mechanisms
When Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013, several tools, platforms and mechanisms were put in place by government to support a coordinated response. This research assesses these tools, platforms and mechanisms in terms of how well they supported the accountability of government interventions. It finds that the platforms were mostly used to increase transparency, but that there was no accountability framework which government agencies could adhere to and use as a guide for good practice.
New research briefings and blogs
Competing to deliver? Political workers and service delivery in Pakistan (Ali Cheema, Shandana Khan Mohmand, Asad Liaqat)
Why development needs innovation scouts (Kevin Hernandez)
More on these themes
PUBLICATION | October 3, 2017
Open mapping from the ground up: learning from Map Kibera
PUBLICATION | July 5, 2017
Participatory mapping in e-Thekwini Municipality, South Africa
PUBLICATION | June 28, 2017
Digital mapping in Warwick Junction and the remaking of ‘space’:…
BLOG | May 24, 2017
Looking back on Map Kibera
PROJECT | May 4, 2017
Empowering the indigenous peoples’ community towards responsible mining
PROJECT | May 3, 2017
Common Matters: radio polls for transparency and accountability
PROJECT | May 2, 2017
MOPA - Using data to improve waste management in Mozambique
NEWS | April 6, 2017
Balangay: A mobile app for disseminating disaster information in Philippines
PROJECT | February 2, 2017
Map Kibera: Learning from six years of digital citizen engagement
PROJECT | July 14, 2016
Translating complex realities through technology