The Making All Voices Count initiative announced its Global Innovation Competition during the Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit in London and is still seeking submissions until December 13.
The Global Innovation Competition is calling for edgy, “out there” ideas, to close the feedback loop between government and citizens in 12 key countries.
These ideas, or proven concepts, can come from anyone, anywhere, however they must clearly demonstrate how they’ll be implemented in one of the programme’s key countries.
Topics for the competition are aligned with the OGP’s eligibility criteria and are as follows: Fiscal Transparency; Access to Information; Disclosures Related to Elected or Senior Public Officials; and Citizen Engagement.
The competition’s structure is unique. After applications close December 13, a period of crowdsourcing will commence, inviting the public to vote for the best ideas. Semi-finalists will then undergo a process of peer review and in March 2014, 10 finalists will be invited to the Global Innovation Week in Nairobi, where they’ll receive mentorship from technology, civil society and governance experts.
At the end of Global Innovation Week, having presented their innovation one final time, three winners will be announced during the Global Innovation Gala. A grant of £65,000 will be awarded to the winner, £35,000 each to two runner-ups and seven prizes of £5,000 will be granted.
As Rakesh Rajani, head of Twaweza, noted at the competition’s announcement, the Global Innovation Competition builds on the heart of the idea of OGP, which is that good ideas come from everywhere.
As he stated during this interview, the competition welcomes “[ideas] that normal systems of governance and decision-making don’t know how to channel.”
“Ideas from that woman in the village who has a really cool idea about how to make services work, or that young person who’s figured out a really exciting way in which we can choose what are the best schools, and make that information available.”
Will you be Making All Voices Count? Find out more, or apply.
Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies that will enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. It is supported by the U.K. Department for International Development, U.S. Agency for International Development, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Open Society Foundations and Omidyar Network. Hivos acts as lead organisation of the implementing consortium.