Tuta-me
KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

Abed Tau

FUNDERS OR OTHERS ORGANISATION(s) INVOLVED

Delloite

Anglo Platinum

Shell

Investec

Honeywell

Student Village

KEY CATEGORIES

Civic Technology

Education

Technology

CONTACT CTIN

Initiative

Tuta-me

INITIATIVE

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

LAST UPDATED

Tuta-me

Live

South Africa

2016

2020/04/05

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

Non-Governmental Initiative

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE

Tuta-Me is an online learning programme for Grade 8 – 12 learners studying Maths, Physical Science and English. Tuta-Me developed an online platform that aims to promote independent learning and deeper understanding. The platform gives learners access to CAPS aligned content, notes, past papers, videos, textbooks, and an online tutor. This is done through bursary programme support and online learning platform, Mobi-Tuta.

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Veza
KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

N/A

FUNDERS OR OTHERS ORGANISATION(s) INVOLVED

Corruption Watch

KEY CATEGORIES

Citizen Participation
Citizen Empowerment
Corruption
Transparency
Accountability

CONTACT CTIN

Initiative

Veza

INITIATIVE

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

LAST UPDATED

Veza

Live

South Africa

2021

2021/02/24

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

Non-Governmental Initiative

info@corruptionwatch.org.za

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE

The Veza online tool is an open data platform developed by Corruption Watch with the goal of improving transparency and accountability in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Strengthening accountability and transparency mechanisms in our police service is important in the overall effort to combat corruption and break the cycle of impunity in South Africa.

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Huduma Kenya
KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

N/A

FUNDERS OR OTHERS ORGANISATION(s) INVOLVED

Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs

KEY CATEGORIES

Citizen Empowerment

Governance

Citizen Access

Government

Youth

CONTACT CTIN

Initiative

Huduma Kenya

INITIATIVE

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

LAST UPDATED

Huduma Kenya

Live

Kenya

2018

2020/02/23

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

Government initiative

contact@hudumakenya.go.ke

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE

Huduma Kenya Programme is a Government of Kenya initiative whose aim is to turn around public service delivery by providing efficient and accessible Government services at the convenience of citizens through various integrated service delivery platforms. The Ministry of Public Service Youth and Gender Affairs is implementing the programme through the Huduma Kenya Secretariat.

The Huduma Kenya programme core objective is to turn around public service delivery to ensure citizens access government services in an efficient manner and at their convenience via 6 channels of service delivery.

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Africa’s Voices Foundation
KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

Samuel Kimeur (Executive Director)

Damaris Ndegwa (Director of Operations)

Anna Colom (Director of Innovations and Learning)

FUNDERS OR OTHERS ORGANISATION(s) INVOLVED

N/A

KEY CATEGORIES

Citizen Participation
Citizen Empowerment
Corruption
Transparency
Accountability

CONTACT CTIN

Initiative

Africa's Voices Foundation

INITIATIVE

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

LAST UPDATED

Africa’s Voices Foundation

Live

Kenya

2020

2021/02/11

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE
Africa’s Voices emerged out of four years of research on citizen engagement, communications and governance in Africa led by our co-founder and first executive director, Dr Sharath Srinivasan, and our first head of research and innovation, Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes, at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR), University of Cambridge.

Governance & Accountability

Our Governance & Accountability (G&A) programme changes how citizens in African countries participate in decision-making that affects them.

We achieve this by deploying our interactive radio method involving decision-makers, shaped by audience input (via SMS, instant messaging and social media), to create meaningful spaces for public dialogue.

Citizen Evidence for social Change

Citizen Evidence for social Change (CESC) leverages Africa’s Voices’ interactive radio and mixed-methods capabilities to put citizens at the heart of programme design and policy response in sectors ranging from education to public health, gender equality and livelihoods.

Our interactive radio approach enables large-scale, plural and inclusive discussions to emerge which are contextually-based and citizen-driven.

 

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Vilsquare
KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

N/A

FUNDERS OR OTHERS ORGANISATION(s) INVOLVED

Meluibe Foundation

Vilsquare Makers Hub

AfricArXiv

KEY CATEGORIES

Digital Democracy

Education

Information

Open Data

Technology

CONTACT CTIN

Initiative

Vilsquare

INITIATIVE

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

LAST UPDATED

Vilsquare

Live

Nigeria

N/A

2020/02/17

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

Private

hello@vilsquare.org

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE

Vilsquare strives to achieve digital transformation in different communities across Nigeria and all Africa, through use of open science technologies and methodologies. Their biggest success so far is Voltschool, a digital stem education scaled across 9 countries, which has helped over 7,000 kids learn effectively from home.

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Hive BioLab
KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

Jorge Appiah

FUNDERS OR OTHERS ORGANISATION(s) INVOLVED

World Bank

British Council

Ministry of Business Development

KEY CATEGORIES

Health

Information

Innovation

Research

Technology

CONTACT CTIN

Initiative

Hive BioLab

INITIATIVE

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

LAST UPDATED

Hive BioLab

Live

Ghana

N/A

2021/02/16

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

Non-Governmental Initiative

N/A

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE

The Hive Biolab exists to promote grassroots biotechnology innovation using research and entrepreneurship.

The Hive Biolab conducts biotechnology research critical to solving challenges in Ghanaian communities. Co-learning space for training and rapid prototyping of ideas in biology into enterprising solutions

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Nuru
KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

John Mucheke

FUNDERS OR OTHERS ORGANISATION(s) INVOLVED

Open Institute

KEY CATEGORIES

Accountability

Citizen Empowerment

Citizen Participation

Open Data

Technology

CONTACT CTIN

Initiative

Nuru

INITIATIVE

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

LAST UPDATED

Nuru

Live

Kenya

2020

2021/04/05

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

NPO

nuru@openinstitute.com

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE

Nuru – Kiswahili for “Lighta tool that is designed to empower citizen community monitoring to crowdsource observations about how they are coping in the exceptionally difficult circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available as a mobile app available on Google Play and IOS App store and the reports that citizens make through it are readily available on their website.

Nuru is a tool in the citizen’s hands to provide governments and other stakeholders with the information they need to develop and offer solutions to the unique challenges faced by their citizens.

 

  • What was the problem?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a great socio-economic crisis, affecting citizens’ economic activities and access to key services. Various measures and restrictions undertaken by governments to control the spread of the disease have also affected citizens, bringing up security concerns, issues of increased domestic violence, food, and water scarcity among other issues.

 

  • What is the solution to the problem? Your services/Product?

The Nuru platform is a channel through which citizens can share in real-time the challenges they are encountering within their communities. Through written reports, tagging, capturing live images, and sharing their location, this report can easily be visualised on a map, further inspiring the access to assistance, services, and other actions. By targeting the information using tags, the relevant “agent of change” is able to access the relevant information and help the communities and individuals. (extracted from openinstitute)

Reports could share information on these kind issues and more: 

  • The availability of water & sanitation 
  • The high cost of food and necessities 
  • Poverty and the in-availability of a basic income 
  • Random acts of kindness in communities 
  • Interesting local solutions that exist in communities 
  • Lack of adequate contextually actionable information

The platform uses a crowdsourcing approach, providing real-time information that can be analyzed and utilized to influence policy. The information from a wide range of communities will highlight what their specific needs and challenges are, especially with regard to critical and basic needs. (extracted from nuru.live)

 

  • What played out and why? (story, enablers / obstacles, successes / challenges, assessment…)

In consultation with other players in the Civil Society and Government circles, the Nuru team was able to figure out the major issues that would be facing communities especially in low-income areas. This is the reason the platform uses a crowdsourcing approach, providing real-time information that can be analysed and utilized to influence policy. The information from various communities, highlights what their specific needs and challenges are, especially with regard to critical and basic needs. (extracted from devpost)

This crowdsourcing approach provides a way to bridge the information gap between citizens and governments, civil society organisations and other stakeholders.  By providing real-time information, timely interventions can be provided to aid the affected communities, leading to better outcomes for the countries and communities affected by this, and other future crises. (extracted from openinstitute)

“The main challenge that we have faced has been how to rapidly develop an iOS version of the Nuru.live Mobile App. We are also facing challenges getting a good UI/UX developer for a clean and functioning template for both the Mobile App and the Website”. (extracted from devpost)

Future plans and goals

  • We aim to improve our reporting module with interactive and engaging infographics. We will also be adding social media sharing options to enable users to share their reports directly to social media, or to share these directly from the app, the moment they are posted.
  • We aim to improve our notification service with more localized information for the users especially in relation to tags they might have shown interest in.
  • We aim to add translation options to the app and to the web portal.
  • We will engage in more user engagements and interviews to further refine our reporting reach and to better provide avenues through which the citizens can get any required assistance, and better help people possibly affected by COVID-19. 

(extracted from devpost)

 

  • What were the lessons?

Vulnerable communities lead to vulnerable countries in times of nationwide crises, bringing truth to the saying “you are only as strong as your weakest link.” Nuru helps communities exercise their voice so that no one is left behind in finding solutions and everyone is involved in fighting the spread of COVID-19. (extracted from devpost)

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Open Institute
KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

N/A

FUNDERS OR OTHERS ORGANISATION(s) INVOLVED

N/A

KEY CATEGORIES

Accountability

Advocacy

Transparency

CONTACT CTIN

Initiative

Open Institute

INITIATIVE

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

LAST UPDATED

Open Institute

Live

Kenya

N/A

2021/02/11

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

NPO

N/A

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE

Open Institute is a non-profit organisation based in Nairobi, Kenya that collaborates with Governments, Civil Society Organisations, Citizen Groups and Private Sector companies to find innovative ways to achieve Sustainable Development. Its mandate is to work with governments (at national, subnational and hyperlocal levels) as well as citizens, CSOs and other stakeholders to promote Responsive Governments that have the necessary capacity to listen and engage fruitfully with citizens and Active Citizenship by citizens who are informed and fact-driven.

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Dataphyte
KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

Joshua Olufemi

FUNDERS OR OTHERS ORGANISATION(s) INVOLVED

OSIWA

National Endowment for Democracy

Open Knowledge Foundation

KEY CATEGORIES

Accountability

Transparency

Data

Open Data

Research

Technology

CONTACT CTIN

Initiative

Dataphyte

INITIATIVE

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

LAST UPDATED

Dataphyte

Live

Nigeria

2020

2021/04/05

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE

Dataphyte is an independent, data analytics company producing data-driven analyses and development reports with the mission to drive reforms, good governance, and development in Nigeria. Dataphyte is the for-profit, research and development program of The Interactive Initiative for Social Impact.

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MediaLab for Women
KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

Julien Musseau

FUNDERS OR OTHERS ORGANISATION(s) INVOLVED

N/A

KEY CATEGORIES

Equality

Gender Equality and Inclusion

Innovation

Journalism

Open Data

CONTACT CTIN

Initiative

MediaLab for Women

INITIATIVE

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

LAST UPDATED

MediaLab for Women

Live

Madagascar, Niger, Cameroon, Ivory Coast

2020

2020/01/20

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

Non-Governmental Initiative

jmu@cfi.fr

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF INITIATIVE

MediaLab for Women provides journalists with training on how to manage gender-related open data and with support to investigate gender inequality in French speaking Africa. This project is making use of innovative content to raise awareness of gender and open data issues among journalists and civil populations in four countries.

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