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Youth initiatives supporting citizen engagement with government

Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:00:29 +0000

There is a large volume of literature on youth participation in development, including on the benefits of involving young people in local, national, regional and global governance initiatives. Although not as voluminous, there is also a significant body of work on youth participation in civic life, though much of this focuses on issues of education […]

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Branding and communication of development assistance

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:26:13 +0000

In recent years, international donors and non-governmental organisations have placed increasing emphasis on prominently branding the development interventions that they fund. Spreading knowledge about the identity of an aid project sponsor is one mechanism by which donor governments conduct local level diplomacy with direct beneficiaries and through which they hope to influence public opinion. The […]

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Liberation technology: Mobile phones and political mobilization in Africa

Mon, 09 May 2016 17:28:16 +0000

The recent spread of digital information and communication technology has fed a wave of optimism about its use as a ‘liberation technology’ for the oppressed and disenfranchised worldwide. According to this argument, mobile phones and the Internet have the potential to foster citizens’ political activism and even lead to mass political mobilization, especially when civic forms […]

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Media and governance

Tue, 03 May 2016 10:40:42 +0000

In fast-changing media and communication environments more people are connected than ever before. While most acknowledge that the influence and impact of changing media and communication on governance outcomes is growing, the degree to which new media landscapes are contributing to more informed, peaceful and accountable societies remains in question.  For some, increasingly networked young, […]

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State-society relations and citizenship

Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:37:29 +0000

State-society relations, citizenship and socio-political cohesion are areas of great importance to statebuilding and peacebuilding and are crucial to an integrated approach. State-society relations are defined by DFID as ‘interactions between state institutions and societal groups to negotiate how public authority is exercised and how it can be influenced by people. They are focused on […]

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Test it and they might come: Improving the uptake of digital tools in transparency and accountability initiatives

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 18:22:39 +0000

Information and communications technologies (ICTs) and data play an increasingly visible role in transparency and accountability initiatives (TAIs). This article investigates TAI tool selection processes in South Africa and Kenya. It argues that in many cases, tools are chosen with only limited testing of their appropriateness for the intended users in the intended contexts, despite […]

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Infomediaries and accountability

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 15:12:10 +0000

The term “infomediaries” – or information intermediaries – is used to refer to actors who “synthesize, translate, simplify and direct information on behalf of others”. There appears to be strong evidence of the link between free media and better governance and government responsiveness on a range of issues (e.g. public spending on education and health). A […]

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Evaluating digital citizen engagement: A practical guide

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 15:53:28 +0000

This guide provides practical steps to assess the extent to which digital tools have contributed to citizen engagement, and to understand the impact that the introduction of technology has had on the engagement processes. The guide draws on examples and lessons from case studies from Brazil, Uganda, Cameroon and Kenya. It can be used at […]

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When does ICT-enabled citizen voice lead to government responsiveness?

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:44:08 +0000

This article reviews evidence on the use of 23 information and communications technology (ICT) platforms to project citizen voice to improve public service delivery. This study begins with a conceptual framework intended to clarify the different links in the causal chain in between ICT-enabled opportunities to express voice (platforms) and institutional responses. In other words,how […]

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World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:47:16 +0000

The digital revolution has brought easier communication and information, greater convenience, free digital products, and new forms of leisure.  However, digital dividends have had much less impact on global productivity, expansion of opportunity and the spread of accountable governance than once expected.  This report argues that improving digital dividends requires digital development strategies that go […]

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