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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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.

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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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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?

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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.

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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.

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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:
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08
OCT
2021

Impactful activism and a quick CTIF recap | Sihle Gcilitshana

Sihle Gcilitshana is an activist and social justice warrior from South Africa. She is the current Programme Coordinator at the Civic Tech Innovation Network.

In this episode she talks to us about her journey as an activist working with policymakers in South Africa. She also shares some of her highlights from the recent Civic Tech Innovation Forum. Plus some advice for social entrepreneurs and innovators on the African continent.

Get in touch:
Visit https://civictech.africa/
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24
SEP
2021

Keeping the Police Accountable with Digital Anti-Corruption Tools featuring Corruption Watch | Kavisha Pillay

Corruption Watch (CW), in response to the many whistle-blower complaints it has received on police corruption and inspired by its engagements with communities experiencing police violence and abuse, launched an interactive open data tool – Veza (a colloquial term for ‘reveal’ or ‘expose’). The first of its kind in South Africa, Veza improves transparency in policing in the country and places the power to hold the South African Police Service (SAPS) accountable in the hands of the public.

In this episode, we are joined by Kavisha Pillay, who is a social justice activist who is the Head of Stakeholder Relations and Campaigns at Corruption Watch. She joins Nathi Mcetywa and Jimmy Maliseni from Alliance for Community Action (ACA) to talk about the anti-corruption tool, the Veza tool.

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Veza Tool Civic Tech Innovation Network
08
SEP
2021

Giving Youth a Voice in the Corridors of Power | Munyaradzi Dodo

In this cross-over between the Civic Tech in Africa podcast and the Talking Tech for Good podcast, we are joined by co-host Jason Bygate and guest Munyaradzi Dodo to talk about how young people can get their voices in the corridors of power.

Munyaradzi shares the journey he and his team took to establish Open Parly ZW, and the influence their establishment of Open Parly had on other young people in other countries outside of Zimbabwe.

He talks to us about the challenges and opportunities that come with upscaling an initiative such as the Open Parly initiative and also delves into why #DIYAfrica is such an important concept for young people in Africa.

Thank you to Jason Bygate, Luvuyo Maseko, and Grant McPherson for helping make this crossover episode happen. To find out more about ‘Talking Tech for Good podcast visit https://techtalk.org.za/.

Don’t forget to join the Civic Tech Initiative and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the ‘African #DIY civic tech approaches’ session on the 15th September 2021, at 15:00 (CAT).

This year, the Civic Tech Innovation Forum and Jamfest conferences invite African civic tech innovators, media innovators, and stakeholders to connect around the ways in which digital innovators, innovations, initiatives, and their support structures are playing out across our continent in the spaces of journalism, media, civic activism, and public services, particularly in this pandemic era. The theme of the governance is DIYAfrica and will focus on how we can co-create meaning, identity, and solutions in and for Africa.

The conference will be hosted on Whova, an event hosting application. Download Whova to join this week-long conference.

Get in touch:
Visit https://civictech.africa/
Follow @CivicTechAfrica on Twitter
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Share your civic tech initiative with us
Civic Tech Innovation Network Open Parly ZW Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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