Digital Rights Lounge
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French
Meetup
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The Impact of Civic Tech Initiatives in Africa

Short thesis

A new study, commissioned by CFI, the French Agency for Media Development, takes a close look at various civic tech initiatives in Benin, Kenya, Senegal and Tunisia. In this session, we will present these recent findings and open up the discussion and widen the scope beyond these case studies: How have you and other Civic Tech actors organised yourselves, overcome obstacles and built your influence? What can we take away from these experiences? Discussions can take place in English and French.

Description

What has triggered the launch of Civic Tech initiatives on the African continent over the past ten years, how have they organised themselves and mobilised supporters? How have they gained influence in the public sphere, and can their impact be measured? A new study, commissioned by CFI, the French Agency for Media Development, takes a close look at various civic tech initiatives in Benin, Kenya, Senegal and Tunisia. While they share one similar ambition - to leave a mark in the public sphere and strengthen democratic processes – they encounter a wide array of driving forces and obstacles, and develop various organisational and mobilisation strategies.

In this session, we will not only present these findings but open up the discussion and widen the scope beyond these case studies: How have you and other civic tech activists come together, structured your projects, overcome obstacles and built your influence? What can we take away from these experiences?

This meet-up will be co-hosted by Henrike M. Hirnstein, project manager at CFI, Antoine Osé Coliko, project coordinator of #Boncitoyen229 in Benin and Tidiani Togola, Founder & CEO Tuwindi in Mali. Discussions can take place in English and French.