Civic Tech in Africa

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Civic Tech in Africa is a podcast by the Civic Tech Innovation Network, in partnership with Vow FM. The podcast focuses on the profiling of civic tech initiatives, civic innovators, activists, researchers, social entrepreneurs and others working in the civic tech and other related fields in Africa.

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27
JUL

Digital Dialogue #3: Making Data Accessible

The Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN), in partnership with the International Civil Society Centre (ICSCentre), hosted a discussion titled ‘Making Data Accessible’ as part of its #DigitalDialogues Series.

In our current digital age and what is often termed as a ‘data-driven’ world, civic tech organisations, civil society organisations (CSOs) and similar advocacy organisations have played and continue to play an important role in either collecting and providing the public with access to data or fighting government institutions for access to open data that is accessible and comprehensible.

Considering the evolution of the data landscape, massive amounts of digital information is created daily and when analysed, has the potential to help society understand how to perform better in the future. Civic innovations have thus been leveraged as a means to access data so that we may solve social problems.

Big data is often used as the catch-all term for large, diverse sets of information and while this concept has gained traction within the civic tech field, it has to some extent generated an unintended consequence of making data less open and accessible. Without the sophisticated knowledge in Artificial Intelligence tools used to analyse big data, the use of data in communities for social impact has been significantly limited.

In this session, moderated by Tolulope, we spoke to civic actors that will share insights and lessons from their experiences in making data accessible and comprehensible through partnering with the government. This session is intended to shed light on some of the victories and challenges associated with partnerships of this nature and whether they truly are able to make data open and accessible to the public.
11
JUL

Embracing Civic Technology to Amplify African Voices | Justin Arenstein

This year marks 15 years since the adoption of the African Charter on Democracy Elections and Governance (ACDEG). The ACDEG is a framework whose main objective was for African States to adopt good democratic and governance principles.

In this episode, we talk about an initiative aimed at boosting civic participation in issues of democratic governance on the African continent. Justin Arenstein spoke to us about the recently launched Charter Project Africa initiative. We talk about how the Civic Tech landscape in Africa and some initiatives doing great work on the continent.

Jason Bygate joins us as co-host for this episode. Jason is the Head of Innovation, Tech, and Data for Development at Capacitate Social Solutions, and he’s recently launched the YoMobi platform in partnership with PwC and UNICEF. He spoke to us briefly about this initiative as well.

Get in touch:
Visit https://civictech.africa/
Follow @CivicTechAfrica on Twitter
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Share your civic tech initiative with us
Charter Project Africa Website CodeforAll on Twitter The Charter Project Africa on Twitter YoMobi Website
21
JUN

How can international CSOs help – or hinder – grassroots tech innovation?

The global reach of international civil society organisations (ICSOs) allows these organisations to develop, scale-out, and tailor innovative approaches and novel use of technology across borders and in different countries and settings. They may also have sufficient resources to influence the policies and operational and resourcing environments for the development and adoption of innovation and technology in some national contexts. While pursuing their own broad digital innovation and transformation strategy, they invest in their operations and internal functions, and data management.

These organisations operate with technological partners and outsource the development and maintenance of specific digital functions. Data is often stored and processed by commercial partners. There are ICSOs investing in start-ups. At the same time, there is considerable digital innovation from grassroots groups, civic tech networks, local NGOs, and social enterprises, generating effective data and digital solutions and new ideas for using tech for social good in the areas and with the communities, they support and represent. Initiatives that demonstrate proven impact and innovation can attract interest for wider applicability and replication, beyond the operational or resourcing mandates and constraints of where they originated.

Get in touch:
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09
JUN

Tech Incubators and Impactful Social Entrepreneurship | Tim Dagori Muiruri

In this episode, we are talking about innovation hubs and their importance as an ecosystem for entrepreneurs and innovators to build on their knowledge and be empowered while also having a societal impact in the broader sense. We also talk about the entrepreneurial nature of innovation hubs and how they help in creating sustainable tech innovations.

Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) is Nigeria’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space designed to be a multi-functional, multi-purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place. The HUB is a place for technologists, social entrepreneurs, government, tech companies, impact investors, and hackers in and around Lagos to co-create new solutions to the many social problems in Nigeria.
Co-Creation Hub
25
MAY

Sensitising Citizens on their Rights and Civic Duties | Hamid Khayar Defallah

How do you use technology to get citizens involved in issues of governance? Hamid Khayar Defallah talks to Nathi Mcetywa about how Chad Innovation is contributing toward a more involved citizenry.

Hamid Khayar Defallah is the CEO & Founder of Chad Innovation. Chad Innovation represents a community of young volunteers, Chadians and foreigners, entrepreneurs, executives, and students whose objective is to raise awareness, mobilize, engage and equip young Chadians to learn and explore careers in entrepreneurship to build a resilient generation of young Chadian leaders.

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Share your civic tech initiative with us
Chad Innovation Website Chad Innovation on Facebook Chad Innovation on Twitter Chad Innovation on LinkedIn
11
MAY

Barriers to Citizen Engagement | Al Kags

Many civic tech tools go largely unused because they are developed without understanding the context of the people they are meant for.

Language, digital literacy, exposure, and other such factors are important things to look out for when developing a tech tool. We speak to Al Kags about some of the factors that affect the effectiveness of civic tech tools on the African continent.

Al Kags is a marketing and communications expert, serial entrepreneur and a champion of government openness through data. Al is the founder of the Open Institute, an African organisation that works with governments and civil society organisations to promote open government and citizen engagement.

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Open Institute Barriers to citizen engagement
21
APR

Building Inclusive Civic Tech Communities

The Civic Tech Innovation Network and International Civil Society Centre partnered for a digital dialogue on 'Building Inclusive Communities’.

This session, moderated by malebo sephodi, unpacked the role of #DigitalInnovations in facilitating #inclusivity and #diversity within civic tech. In exploring this, the session posed these questions among others; how do we amplify underrepresented voices in civic tech? Is building an inclusive civic tech community merely about highlighting digital innovations or leveraging the same digital innovations to intentionally highlight and amplify diverse voices within the space? How do we make sure this happens?

Get in touch:
Visit https://civictech.africa/
Follow @CivicTechAfrica on Twitter
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Share your civic tech initiative with us
Digital Dialogues: Building Inclusive Civic Tech Communities International Civil Society Centre AAPTI Institute
08
DEC
2021

Access to Justice Through Tech | Courteney Mukoyi

In this episode, we land in Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 to talk to Courtney Mukoyi. Courtney is an award-winning lawyer and innovator who founded Courtlex- a tech company that works to bring convenience in the legal space through tech solutions.

Courtlex uses easy-to-use tech to ensure convenient and cheaper access to justice.
24
NOV
2021

Good Citizenship in the Digital Era | Qowiyou Fassassi

Qowiyou Fassasi from the VOA in Benin 🇧🇯 talks to Nathi Mcetywa about Bon Citoyen, an application they developed as a way to promote good citizenry in Benin.

Get in touch:
Visit https://civictech.africa/
Follow @CivicTechAfrica on Twitter
Follow Civic Tech Innovation Network on Facebook
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Share your civic tech initiative with us
11
NOV
2021

Bridging the Digital Divide in Mozambique Through the Community Tablet | Dayn Amade

Dayn Amade is founder of the Community Tablet and speaks to Nathi Mcetywa about this initiative aimed at bridging the digital divide between rural and urban communities in Mozambique.

Get in touch:
Visit https://civictech.africa/
Follow @CivicTechAfrica on Twitter
Follow Civic Tech Innovation Network on Facebook
Follow Civic Tech Innovation Network on LinkedIn
Share your civic tech initiative with us
27
OCT
2021

Tech placing law into people’s hands | Grace Gichanga

Grace Gichanga is a social innovator and lawyer who founded Luma Law, a platform that provides affordable access to practical, relevant, and user-friendly legal information.

Grace talks to Nathi about founding the Luma Law platform and her journey of social entrepreneurship during the Covid-19 pandemic. She also speaks about the importance of understanding your 'Why' when running a tech social enterprise.

Get in touch:
Visit https://civictech.africa/
Follow @CivicTechAfrica on Twitter
Follow Civic Tech Innovation Network on Facebook
Follow Civic Tech Innovation Network on LinkedIn
Share your civic tech initiative with us

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