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(Blog post by Hyshyama Hamin, Programme Office, Making All Voices Count)

The concept of pitching competitions and incubation is not at all new in the tech and innovation space, where individuals, groups and organizations have pitched ideas for start-ups, apps and prototypes, gone on to work with incubators and/or win investor funds and market their products locally and to the world. So what happens when you apply this to a typically donor-grantee development …

Elections are an important and integral aspect of democracy, meant as a mechanism with which citizens hold their leaders to account for past actions and future promises. When citizens are enabled to actively contribute to an environment in which a free and fair election can take place, it will become less attractive for politicians to meddle in elections and stimulate the emergence of truly citizen-oriented politics.

Technology such as Ushahidi can assist in the creation …

Responsive Web Design Podcast hosts Karen McGrane and Ethan Marcotte graciously invited Ushahidi Senior Designer Sophie Shepherd and me to talk this week about how our design team’s focus on performance and pattern libraries has improved the usability of Ushahidi’s products — in the developing world, and everywhere.

Our 28-minute conversation touches on Ushahidi’s internal design and development process, including how the design team (comprised largely of former agency designers) …

By Monica Nthiga, Programme Officer, Africa, and Kevin Fender, Fellow, Making All Voices Count.

For innovation to make sense it must represent what is plausible and meaningful to the users. In October 2014, Making All Voices Count and Diocese of Kitui- Catholic Justice and Peace Commission launched a project on “Enhancing the participation of women in devolved governance “in Kitui County targeting women and women leaders in Kitui West and Mwingi West constituencies.

 

Cross-posted from Making All Voices Count, A Grand Challenge For Development.

Earlier this month, we announced the winners of the Global Innovation Competition 2015, chosen from hundreds of innovators across the globe who are using innovation to support good governance.

In this blog, Programme Officers Melissa Mbuga, Monica Nthiga and Hyshyama Hamin reflect on the unique Global Innovation Competition Week in Jakarta, which brought the ten teams of finalists together for four days …

As online volunteers mobilize and international aid begins to flow in response to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal, we have been reviewing known deployments of our software in the country. As an organization, Ushahidi is not currently managing a deployment of our software and we have no plans to do this. We are, however, doing our best to monitor how our software is being used. We offer below an update on the …

By Shadrock Roberts, Director, Resilience Network Initiative

We understand the need to help; to act; to get involved when disaster strikes. It’s part of our history and why we create the tools that we do. We love technology because it allows us, as individuals, to play an active role in response efforts. However, we have learned from previous engagements that the most impact happens when we coordinate and help to make information flow more …

Guest post by Oludotun Babayemi. He is the Co-Founder of Connected Development [CODE]. He spends most time using data to tell stories of marginalized communities while building capacity of CSOs, media & government ministries, department and agencies on the importance of open data and how to effectively use data for maximum impact. He tweets via @dotunbabayemi

On March 28 and April 11 2015, the Nigerian citizens went to the polls to elect their president and members …