Changing the World with Open Government

Making All Voices Count aims to increase civic participation and awareness in governance. Independent Steering Committee Member Rakesh Rajani is quoted on their site, “No government has a monopoly on good ideas or can thrive without feedback.” In launching their Global Innovation Challenge, Making All Voices Count reached out to a worldwide audience of innovators for proposals that would improve government responsiveness and accountability. Submissions accepted from around the world, from citizens, from organizations – all eligible for the £65,000 grand prize.

With support from organizations across the globe, Making All Voices Count strives to establish participatory governance as an effective means of progress. “We used the IdeaScale platform to reach the best of the best and in the end get winners who can transform society through their ideas,” explains Daudi Were, Director of Innovation.

Societal relations between citizens and their governments remain outdated in a world of transparency, openness, and accountability made possible through technology. The Global Innovation Challenge incentivizes citizen participation with monetary rewards, and creates a manageable system for governments to discover and evaluate ideas for potential impact, innovativeness, and scalability.

The Challenge received 196 proposals in just a few weeks from citizens and groups eager to participate. Voters cast more than 68,00 votes, narrowing those proposals down to 30 semi-finalists. Ten finalists were chosen to join Making All Voices Count in Kenya for Global Innovation Week, where the winner was announced. Download our PDF to find out more about the exciting participation levels achieved with IdeaScale. Learn more about how Making All Voices Count is changing the way citizens interact with government, and see the finalists’ proposals here.

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