News | February 12, 2016

Last September we launched our third Global Innovation Competition to find the best tech4gov ideas emerging across Africa and Asia.

We got hundreds of proposals from techies, civil society groups, businesses and ordinary people – and more than 30,000 public votes helped us decide who went through to the finals.

Today we announce the 15 teams who made it to our finalists’ week in Accra, Ghana.

Mentoring GIC2015

Mentoring at the GIC2015

Innovation is not only about tech, it’s about new ways of thinking – and using ‘old’ tech in new ways

Last year, 2 out of our 5 gold winners relied on radio.

This year, we’ve seen teams challenging us to explore new ways to support women and rural communities who would never otherwise have access existing tech4gov platforms.

We’ve also seen a huge shift towards using tech to support partnerships, services and institutions that are already up and running, but could be so much better with innovative support.

Keep an eye on #GIC2016 for all the news coming out of the finalists’ week being held this February in Accra.

 Our 15 finalists

1. Citizen Voice for Resilience – Bangladesh. Crowd-sourcing information to create a reliable, publicly-accessible data portal to support action on climate change issues
2. Climate Smart Integrated Flood Management (CSIFM) – Ghana. Using GIS and SMS to support civil society and government actors to tackle climate change-related issues
3. Crowdsourcing to Improve electricity Reliability – Indonesia. Improving accountability for reliable electricity supply in Indonesia through citizen-generated information
4. Innovating Advocacy for Truth and Justice in Aceh – Indonesia. Data visualisation to support truth and reconciliation actions in Aceh
5. Collaborative Transparency in Waste Management – Indonesia. Creating an online portal that tracks citizens’ waste disposal needs and provides local councils with monitoring and management capabilities
6. Promoting the pro-poor information access through ICT – Kenya. Supporting farmers’ networks and rural communities to use ICT4Gov in Kenya
7. CiVo - The citizen voice – Kenya. Training stakeholders to access, analyse and respond to plans, spending and anomalies in county budgets
8. Women’s Voices - ICT Choices – Kenya. Including women in ICT4Gov programmes by providing training and support at existing bio-sanitation facilities in Nairobi
9. Participatory Budgeting: the citizen agenda – Kenya. Supporting offline groups to take part in online participatory budgeting processes in Kenya
10. MOPA – Monitoria Participativa Maputo – Mozambique. Citizen-sourced information to support more effective waste management in Maputo
11. To Curb Human Rights Abuses / Violations – Nigeria. Providing accurate, publicly accessible information to support young Nigerians to engage in Truth and Reconciliation actions
12. iBudgit Inclusive Citizenry – Pakistan. Expanding access to participatory budgeting in Pakistan through face-to-face support in rural areas
13. Rural Road Community Monitoring Project – Pakistan. Tackling corruption in Pakistan through citizen monitoring of rural road construction
14. Increasing Transparency in Extractive Industries – Philippines. Building open data and transparency around the extractive sector in the Philippines
15. ICTs for Patients’ Rights – Uganda. Bridging the gaps between Patients’ Rights Charter and service delivery in Uganda