Maybe we need to re-think empowerment – Lacking a place to think through how all this information should inform what to do, and what their theories of change are for any given situation.
In UNDP, there be dragons. After three days of exploration and ideation, UNDP practitioners at a meeting in Istanbul on ICTs, inclusive governance and conflict prevention faced a Dragons’ Den. Six ideas for ICT-enabled solutions were pitched – quite an interesting mix, reviewed below, with some general concluding thoughts. (I was a facilitator at the event – all opinions my own!).
Citizens speaking up
Two ideas tackled related questions of citizen participation in democratic processes, from slightly different angles.
One considered how to give people tools for civic action in a society where most people aren’t putting pressure on government to deliver on its commitments. These tools would be based on data about government actions and would target making MPs accountable to their constituents. Two specific tools were mentioned: making info-graphics out of budgetary figures and tracking MP votes and actions in an easy-to-follow way.
With more time, the…
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