Campaign: Climate Change and Resilience

Citizen Voice for Resilience

We will build a centralized ICT platform that will collect and visualize climate change data reported by citizens, NGOs and media. The data will be available to the government and public, and create a crowd-sourced environmental watchdog platform.

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We will address how technology can be used to illustrate the economic impact of climate change and how we can improve citizen access to information on climate change to boost awareness. We will allow citizens and NGO workers to report frontline data on climate change. This information will be available to the public as well as government actors and help illustrate the economic, social and physical impact of climate change.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

There is no current platform by which people can submit firsthand data on climate change effects they witness or face themselves, such as river erosion, changes in agricultural patterns etc. The average Bangladeshi citizen lacks access to easily comprehensible data on the physical, economic and social impacts of climate change and thus the government lacks citizen feedback and engagement on the matter. Our project hopes to democratize and energize the conversation around climate change.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

Enabling citizens to submit data and access the stories of others will boost their understanding of and engagement with normally abstract climate change issues. Increased engagement also produces political responsiveness. In addition, the apps will enable basic environmental tracking by state actors and civic watchdogs. Govt agencies such as Bangladesh Meteorology Dept, activists, academics and NGOs will be encouraged to use the data to support their work and engage their respective sectors.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

By using mobile tech, we will enable a bottom-up approach that will empower those who are most vulnerable to climate change – namely the impoverished and women – to contribute to a national and global conversation on sustainability they are usually excluded from and catalyze action. In addition, we will engage NGOs that focus on women and the disadvantaged in our coalition and the apps will ask for and visualize gender-related data where relevant.

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Campaign: Devolution

Women Voices-ICT Choices

Choices for Women Voices in people's settlements is about Turning Bio sanitation facilities to be women-led information centers, that seeks to enable women informants (Voice champions) to promote good governance and citizen participation using ICT.

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How can we improve access to information on devolution so that we can increase citizen awareness and government responsiveness to citizens needs?

The project will pick 4 bio sanitation facilities in the slums of Nairobi where women will operate a menu of ICT choices (online mapping, mobile telephony, podcasts, community based FM radio stations, online portals) to coalate, and analyse Geo-referenced information in respect to the setting of priorities, county government budgeting and social audit

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

The constitution delegates the responsibility of service delivery to the county government and outlines the need to have the marginalized communities and groups participate in county government decision making process. In the people’s settlements women, youth, children and people with disability are ignored in these processes and activities that prioritizes projects that need to address their individual problems like, sanitation, health, water and infrastructure

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

1. Through the e-government platforms women will be trained to interact, contribute and communicate issues emerging from the community.

2. The issues prioritized through the ICT centers will be presented to the ward development committees for resource allocation.

3. On legislative processes they will target the Members of County Assembly (MCA) to present views on policy processes.

4. The voice champions will also collect views of the public and petition MCAs on misuse of public resources.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

The project will enhance democracy and women participation through electronic connectivity to gather information on public service delivery, budgeting, planning and implementation of development projects in line with gender concerns. The women will also use their mobile phones to interrogate projects that don't meet gender balance thresholds as stipulated in the constitution. The ultimate goal is to ensure the marginalized groups are included as equal members spaces of leadership and governance.

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Campaign: Climate Change and Resilience

Climate Smart Integrated Flood Management (CSIFM)

Gender-sensitive “Climate Smart Integrated Flood Management (CSIFM)” built on outcomes of vulnerability studies, adaptation solutions and public – private partnership indicators would increase awareness of, and reduce flood risks in Accra, Ghana.

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How can we improve citizen access to information and data on climate change so that we can increase awareness and create resilient cities?

 

To engage policy, civil society and private sector actors on integrating determinants and drivers of social-demographic change into climate resilient flood management, whilst supporting Ghana’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (iNDCs) on strategic climate resilient infrastructure adaptation options.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

Recent floods in Accra and associated loss and disruption of life presents institutions and society with new challenges of adaptation, yet characterized by limited knowledge management. Efforts of policy, practice and civil society to address issues arising from climate change are challenged by lack of collaboration and weakly integrated understandings of socio-demographic dynamics as project seeks to integrate the population – flood risk nexus into governance and awareness creation.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

The design of the proposal is based on multi-stakeholder bottom-up approach from vulnerable population and households to communities, districts and national levels using participatory stakeholder analysis based on data sources, Capacity, adaptation solutions and leadership . The additional dimensions of drawing on inputs from regional and multi-national institutions means expanding the margins to regional (e.g. Africa) and global, and also covering public and private sectors, and civil society.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

All objectives are gender sensitive to women and men of any planned action, such as legislation, policies and programmes targeting the least privileged and highly vulnerable (women, the poor) in decision making that do not routinely capture such groups, to analyze and determine investments associated with adaptation solutions based on (i) power imbalances, (ii) household and family relations, (iii) constraints to participation, (iv) different abilities to participate, and (v) perceived benefits.

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Campaign: Devolution

MOPA – Monitoria Participativa Maputo

A waste removal platform that locates waste through citizen engagement and allows the municipality to contract its removal. This mobile and web-based platform empowers micro-enterprises to locate and retrieve waste through open source data.

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MOPA makes efficient service delivery by the Maputo municipal government possible by using innovative technology. The platform allows citizens to request waste management services at specific locations. The data is displayed on an open-source map and relayed to the City Council of Maputo (CCM), which retains local microenterprises to collect the waste. MOPA is powered by USSD and voice-recognition technology, which allows users with both simple mobile devices and smartphones to use the service.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

CCM has identified solid waste management (SWM) as a major health issue and flood risk. Lack of SWM leads to malaria and cholera outbreaks caused by stagnant water and heightens the risk of severe flooding during the rainy season. Low investment and capacity has limited CCM’s ability to initiate an effective SWM program or engage the private sector to do so. Private waste collection initiatives are unable to locate and collect waste, especially in low-income areas with poor infrastructure.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

This project is a platform through which citizens can request services directly from the municipal government using mobile phones. Collected data is sent to CCM, which then relays the information to private waste collection companies. MOPA allows marginalized households in low-income areas to request services that are not regularly provided to them. The fulfilment of these services will, in the future, justify tax collection by CCM, making the program financially sustainable.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

The MOPA platform serves households that are not easily accessible by vehicles and do not have the resources to pay for waste removal. The pilot project has focused on 4 underserved bairros, but MOPA is now poised to expand throughout Maputo and reach more communities. The effective SWM that MOPA enables will improve the health of these communities, improve drainage systems to reduce flooding and allow underprivileged citizens to engage with their elected government.

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Campaign: Devolution

CiVo-The Citizens' Voice

Platform allowing citizens to access amounts on revenue, budget & spending in their counties. They will also post grievances if services they have paid/entitled to have not been delivered. County officials will access, resolve & respond to the issues

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Project to be implemented will answer question on how access to information on devolution can be improved to increase citizen awareness& government responsiveness.Citizens will use a website to access data on budget &spending.County officials will be trained to access & resolve customer complaints.County heads e.g.governors will access statistics of best & worst performing departments &know how to demand for faster services.SMS reminders will be sent to citizens to attend budget planning forums.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

1. The devolvement from local authority to adoption of county governments in Kenya has a major fallback in allocation of revenue and spending. E.g. hospital curtains worth USD 74,000 in Meru County.

2. Citizens are not actively involved in decision making processes especially during budget planning. A majority of them do not know how much revenue their county has collected and spent.

3. Citizens do not have an avenue to air grievances when they pay for a service and it is not delivered to them.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

1.Engaging counties e.g Kiambu to provide figures of collected revenue & spending then making the data public for citizens assessment.

2.Train county customer care representatives on using the platform & responding to complaints.

3.Train officials e.g. governor to assess statistics of speed of service delivery by departments.

4.Working with counties e,g Kiambu to access contacts collected using system @iLabAfrica has implemented & alerting citizens via SMS to attend forums e.g. budget planning.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

To ensure success of this project, we shall highly involve the community. Through the revenue collection system @iLabAfrica has implemented in Taita Taveta and Kiambu counties, we have a database of contacts of various self-help groups comprising of women and disadvantaged members from the community. Project champions will be selected and trained to sensitize their communities on using the various tools to air grievances and why they should take part in forums e.g. county budget preparation.

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Campaign: Devolution

Crowd sourcing to improve electricity reliability

By empowering Indonesian citizens who lack reliable electricity to report data on their electricity supply, and then aggregating that information to be public and transparent, governments and utilities will be compelled to provide better services.

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This project harnesses innovative technology to raise awareness among local officials about the need to improve electricity delivery (sub-theme question 1). Local officials in Indonesia do not have accurate data on electricity delivery and citizens only can provide anecdotal evidence. With more complete, transparent and public information, citizens will have the information they need to demand better service and local authorities can better hold electric service providers accountable.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

250 million Indonesians face frequent blackouts. Since the electricity provided is so unreliable, citizens turn to expensive, polluting diesel generators. This type of electricity also harms livelihoods since many citizens operate informal home-based businesses that cannot afford such costly investments. Although electricity supply was decentralized it remains centralized in practice due to a lack of capacity of local authorities to administer energy services and monitor service quality.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

Because the electricity data provided by citizens would be publicly available, all stakeholders, including citizens and local authorities would be encouraged to use it. Citizens can use it to demand improved services and increased accountability by electricity service providers. For example, data collected on supply quality can be compared to performance standards set by regulators or supply in different regions can be compared to identify which marginalized communities are most affected.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

The project is designed to empower disadvantaged communities that lack electricity. Special outreach will be conducted to engage and empower women’s groups by building their understanding on how improved supply and efficient use of electricity can bring positive benefits to their families. Women will be important voices for raising awareness around the electricity data and advocating for improved electricity supply within their communities.

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Campaign: Devolution

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING:CITIZEN SETTING THE AGENDA

The systematic Participatory Budgeting (PB) seven-staged model is a process through which citizens have an unprecedented opportunity to set the agenda, decide on their priorities and monitor the public monetary spending in their communities.

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How can we strengthen the role of citizen participation in planning and budgeting to ensure inclusive and participatory governance?

Through the seven-staged process, PB is a model that seeks to organize and amplify citizens' voices to come up with development priorities in their localities and advocate for the inclusion of these priorities in the county budgets. It also involves the citizens in social auditing of projects by county governments thus promoting transparency and accountability.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

Even with the new Kenya constitution (2010) providing for active citizen participation in various governance processes, this has not been meaningfully achieved according to various sources. The newly created county governments use non participatory means of consultations to get citizens views that lack any form of feedback mechanisms. Access to information on budgetary matters by citizens especially within counties is also a problematic. Most counties lack policies/laws that guide participation.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

Through the model, citizens get to identify and prioritize the development needs in their localities and present them to county officials for inclusion in specific financial year budgets.

The project will also engage directly with the National Executive and legislative arms of government in dissemination information on budgets, expenditures and audits to the citizens of counties involved. This in particular involves information that county governments withhold for various reasons.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

Provision for inclusion of historically marginalized groups has been incorporated in the project design through; accessibility of information - not relying heavily on the written that necessitates particular levels of education and physical ability; hosting separate citizens assemblies for particular marginalized groups; taking cognizance of the distorted voice of dominant groups and facilitating consensus building processes as a default to solving contentious issues when they are raised.

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Campaign: Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Promoting pro-poor information access trough ICT

Rarely are the marginalized people able to come together with their government leaders to discuss and consult on issues of concern. The project will make this happen,ensuring that they monitor what their leaders are doing to promote accountability.

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1.How can we engage youth and marginalized populations in transitional justice and human rights issues addressing legacies of conflict through the use of technology?

 

2.How can technology be used to increase access to information within justice sector?

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

Marginalized citizen and the youth face barriers in access to information and means to exercise their rights. The lack of “voice” of disadvantaged groups is a challenge at the core of pro-poor advocacy on ICT access. it compromises their ability to advocate for their own communication needs.Farmers are among the marginalized group who face human rights violations due to low levels of accountability in policy implementation as beneficiaries they lack ability to hold duty bearers accountable.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

The federation has structures called consultative fora formed through representation of various groups elected by officials at the local level. The consultative fora enable farmers and government officials at various level to gather and develop common position on variety of issues affecting them from the ward level to the national level.The outcome of such consultations will then be shared to the beneficiaries through the SMS platform.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

Majority of the target group own and understand how to use a mobile phone which makes it easier to engage them through the platform.The project will use the SMS technology to enhance their access to information so that they are empowered to hold duty bearers responsible.

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Campaign: Devolution

Collaborative Transparency in Waste Management

Bebas Sampah ID is an ICT based platform which encourage targeted and collaborative transparency that lead to a better accountability in waste management, and enable citizen to play a more proactive role (http://www.bebassampah.id/index.php)

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Sub-theme question: How can local authorities utilize innovative technology and approaches to deliver more efficient services to citizens?

 

The proposed project will utilize innovative technology in the form of map and mobile application called BebasSampah.id (BSID), which make the performance of waste-service visible to various stakeholders as well as the online platform for collaborative transparency between local government and citizen.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

Many big cities in Indonesia are suffering from severe problem caused by disorderly Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) handling. In addition to the low capacity of local government in providing necessary infrastructure needed, the service also suffer by weak accountability stem from weak transparency as well as weak citizen participation. Citizen lack of access to key information that needed to hold government accountable, or to play more proactive role.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

The information collaboratively share through BSID portal/application will enable citizen to closely monitor the local government waste service performance, that in turn will incentivizing government responsiveness. This collaborative transparency also will incentivizing citizen to play a more proactive role and significant contribution especialy in the minimazing waste in the community (zero waste approach).

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

We use SMS Gateway to enable citizen such as women and disadvantaged groups that don’t have ability to access online technology, to actively participate in this online platform. As women are a main actor in waste-system, we also use community facilitator that take a role as a bridging and use affirmatif action for those groups to encourage their participation.

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Campaign: Extractive Industries

Increasing transparency in extractive industries

The project aims to build local capacity to use open data for transparency in extractive industries reports, and will create community-based multi-stakeholder groups for info-mediation and inclusive monitoring, reporting, and decision-making.

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The project shall focus on Extractive Industries in the sub-national by increasing transparency and accountability through disclosing the amounts remitted to the government by the industries and the benefits receive in return. Multi-stakeholder group (MSG) shall be formed composed of local government units, civil society, and other sectors, and will under training and capacity-building in identifying context-based infomediating platform for improved planning, monitoring and reporting of projects

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

In the 2014 industry report, the amount remitted by companies versus what is received by subnational governments has a 4.7% discrepancy. One cause is the lack of disaggregated data on the total reported business taxes of LGUs with no breakdown per entity, which results to lack of capacity to monitoring tracking payments and release. Lack of transparency hinders capacity of civil society and people’s organizations to participate in planning and monitoring of development projects in communities.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

Establishing multi-stakeholder groups in different sub-national communities shall be able to yield context-based information on extractive industries. Consolidating the information from different communities will give the local governments a greater picture of the local problem at hand. Increasing citizen participation shall also increase the clamor for the national and local government, and private companies in practicing the principle of transparency and accountability.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

The multi-stakeholder group shall be composed of representatives from local civil society organizations and representatives from indigenous communities affected by the operation of the extractive industries. This will be the venue where they can raise their concern and propose programs and projects that shall cater to their needs. The project will ensure proper representation of women and men, and different organized sectors in the capacity-building inputs.

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Campaign: Human Rights and Transitional Justice

To Curb Human Rights Abuses/ Violations in Nigeria

To empower Nigerians to understand her in Transitional Justice system and Human rights abuse and remedies.

 

Exposing Nigerian youths to understand their fundamental rights and the need to seek redress with Human Right Commission when the need arise.

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Human Rights and Transitional Justice

 

The idea is to assist my quota in addressing serials of Transitional Justices and Human Right abuses faced by especially Nigerian Youth.

 

The urgent need for Nigerians youth to advocate for a strengthened judicial institution that will help in addressing excess in police extra judicial killings is timely with this project. Also to understand how best they should seek redress with appropriate authorities without fear of being unlawful arrest by the police.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

Lack of proactive institutions to address transitional injustices and abuse of human rights.

Timidity among the youth in airing their views on political issue for fear of unlawful arrest and abuse of human right.

 

Infringement on fundamental rights of the Nigerian youth and need to strengthen Nigerian judicial institution..

 

Advocacy on the need to strengthen Nigerian judicial process to eschew bribery and corruption in our Judicial system.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

Yes, the idea will engage at local regional level those members of Senate and House of representative will be invited within the regional meetings as part of the project activities to initiate bills that will ensure youth transitional justice and human right protection,.

 

With one voice and collective awareness raised to expectation, the government will like to engage its citizens particularly the youth in its policy formulation and be better position to respond to yearning and their demands

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

The overall concept of this project will ensure gender equality and balance. Also, vulnerable and disadvantage groups and handicaps will directly and indirectly benefit from the project.

 

They will be randomly selected to participate at the regional and national seminar and conference that will be organized in course of implementing the proposed project as part of its activities.

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Campaign: Devolution

iBudgIT: Inclusive citizenry

Idea will utilize existing means of citizen engagement in a newly installed LG system in KP through formal and KIOSK consultations to prioritize local needs and inform on budgets, expenditures ensuring inclusive governance.

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Weak citizen participation in planning and budgeting processes has badly affected the development outcomes. Executive prioritize what is perceived as more lucrative to gaining personal benefits. Infrastructure attracts more investment than education and health. Inclusive budgeting enabled by ICTs can help integrate citizen aspirations into planning and budgeting, will increase benefits manifold and improve trust over public services. Technology has proven to be a trigger to participation.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

OBI 2015 reveals declining budget transparency indicating weaker citizen participation, poor monitoring and institutional oversight. Owing to these, inefficient and unjust resource allocation at lower levels of administration severely affects service delivery outcomes. KP province has recently enacted an inclusive local government system leveraging space for citizen inclusion at all levels. So, this will pilot ICTs enabled participation in budgetary processes.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

Idea will facilitate extensive engagement of NC/VC and tehsile administration through formal and KIOSK consultations. Dashboard will provide critical information to the decision makers on key local priorities. Information to local villagers on project performance will also enhance government responsiveness and increase participation in local governance. All of NC/VC administration and registered villagers will receive information through SMS, by visiting KIOSK and e-dashboard.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

Gender equality and inclusion of marginalized groups will be ensured through integration of their considerations in all budgeting & planning aspects and phases. At VC/NC level, separate Kiosks will be established for men and women. They will also give access to budget and expenditure information and inform status of their priorities.

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