Do ICTs drive governance in sub-Saharan Africa? Do citizens? Danida, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, held a conference in Copenhagen on April 12 on the the theme, 'ICT as a key driver for governance in sub-Saharan Africa: Strategies for using the transformative power of mobile phones and social media.' Guest speakers debated the potential for mobile phones and technology to boost democracy, transparency, accountability and citizen agency.
In a talk given by video, Twaweza Head Rakesh Rajani spoke on Accountability and Evidence-based Advocacy, giving examples from Twaweza's work. He noted, 'Across East Africa, and Africa as a whole, every single day, there are some incredibly powerful, exciting innovations in which citizens are using ICTs to make a difference. ICTs are not the drivers, but they are powerful vehicles. The drivers are the citizens.'
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