Workshop Room
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English
Workshop
Advanced
Advancing Civic Participation through Digital Technologies

Short thesis

This session will explore how different civic organizations can use ICT in stimulating social innovations both online and offline from a human rights perspective. Further, it will seek to understand what information gaps civic technology faces in developing responsive solutions and platforms - and how to address these gaps in Africa.

Description

Digital technologies have become an integral part of many Africans. As reliance on technology grows, so does the immense opportunity for its use in enabling civic technology platforms and social innovations. Despite the potential of ICT in advancing civic participation, there are concerns of several steps taken by countries in Africa that undermine internet access and affordability, and weaken the potential for ICT to catalyse free expression and civic participation This session will explore how different civic organizations can use ICT in stimulating social innovations both online and offline from a human rights perspective. Further, it will seek to understand what information gaps civic technology faces in developing responsive solutions and platforms - and how to address these gaps in Africa. The session will further present case studies from different countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, among others on best practices on role of digital technology in advancing civic participation in Africa while capturing what’s working and not working and what’s not.

Speakers

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