Making All Voices Count Programme Learning Report

Tech for governance programmes in Tanzania – (how) can tech be used to promote good governance in the Magufuli era?

Published on 1 November 2017

This report presents a synthesis of the learning from interventions in Tanzania supported by grants from Making All Voices Count, a programme which supported innovations and technologies that have the potential to transform governance, and did research about what works in accountable governance, and why. Tanzania is a country with a relatively low number of smartphone owners and Internet users, making it a challenge to design technology for governance programmes that can exploit the benefits that technology offers. Making All Voices Count grantees had to rely heavily on their ability to combine technology-based approaches with offline strategies to achieve the results they aimed for. The grantees were few in number and diverse in their approaches, and it is therefore difficult to conclude which intervention was most successful or most suitable to scaling up in future. Those grantees who were able to build on existing relationships with government were able to transform these with the introduction of a technology-based product or data gathering methodology. Most grantees were able to help citizens to build stronger relationships with local level government and vice versa. Several grantees cleverly exploited the lure of technology, or the visibility of their technology platform, which attracted elected representatives and government employees who were eager to be associated with what is still perceived as new and modern ways of communicating with the electorate.

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Pieterse, P. (2017) ‘Tech for governance programmes in Tanzania – (how) can tech be used to promote good governance in the Magufuli era?’, Making All Voices Count Programme Learning Paper, Brighton: IDS.

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Pieterse, Pieternella


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