Making All Voices Count (a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness) launched its second annual Global Innovation Competition (GIC 2015) on Monday September 15, 2014 in South Africa.

Making All Voices Count is looking for innovative, out-of-the-box ideas and initiatives, to boost citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

The programme aims to transform the relationship between citizens and their governments in ways that open up how decisions are made that affect people’s lives.

The GIC 2015 challenges innovators, entrepreneurs and change makers everywhere to design a solution to stimulate dialogue and improve the relationship between government and citizens in Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, the Philippines, Liberia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mozambique, Uganda and Nigeria that relate to the following themes; Legislative Openness – Inclusive and Participatory Lawmaking, Sub-national Governance, Gender Equality and Building Resilience and Response to Humanitarian Crisis

The GIC is designed to tackle a different governance and accountability problem each year and invites the public to identify and vote on entries. A total of ten (10) finalist from the participating countries will win a total of £300,000 in grants to support their projects, plus expert mentorship as well as attend the Global Innovation Week in Jakarta, Indonsia.
Last year’s winner came from a change maker within government in Pakistan, and the competition sparked a surge of interest that led to a wide range of submissions from innovators across the world, with over 250 submissions received and 60,000 public votes cast.

Innovation Director Daudi Were offers a word of advice to applicants: “Think big, think radical, look at old problems with new eyes and listen to the stories largely untold. We are looking for the outliers, the disruptors and the rebels among us.”
Ghanaian innovators interested in taking part in the competition can visit www.makingallvoicescount.org to find out how to submit their individual or group ideas where they stand the chance of winning the ultimate or consolations prizes.

Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. This Grand Challenge for Development focuses global attention on creative and cutting-edge solutions, including those that use mobile and web technology, to ensure the voices of all citizens are heard and that governments have the capacity, as well as the incentive, to listen and respond.

Making All Voices Count scouts the world for out-of-the-box ideas and uncovering creative thinking that will focus global attention on innovative solutions to amplify the voices of citizens and enable governments to listen and respond effectively. Making All Voices Count believes that those on the ground often have the most intimate knowledge of issues, making them the most equipped to identify solutions. We want to harness this knowledge, test it and scale it up to actionable concepts.

Making All Voices Count is supported by the U.K Department for International Development (DFID), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Open Society Foundations (OSF) and Omidyar Network (ON), and is implemented by a consortium consisting of Hivos, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Ushahidi.

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