What counts as civic tech success for Africa?
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A donor’s perspective on how to think about impact in the civic tech space in Africa. Slide deck.

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From the funders
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Funders discuss what they look for when choosing which civic tech projects to support.

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The Making All Voices Count programme: new lessons about donor-funded civic tech
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The potential and limits of technologies in building democratic and accountable governance; and the extent to which a donor-funded programme like MAVC incentivises a careful, critical, evaluative approach.

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Donor forum: good practices to support civic tech
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A discussion between donors and civic tech organisations, to surface trends within the civic tech movement, explore shared objectives of scaling, and become sustainable.

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Investing in the future of civic tech
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A panel of funders dig in deep to the question of what grantmakers want to see before they invest in civic tech.

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The Open Government Partnership Multi-Donor trust fund: research on the impact of open government and participatory democracy
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The OGP and several partners established a funding mechanism, the OGP MDTF, to expand research activities in the areas of open government, public participation, and civic tech.

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Funding impactful civic tech in Latin America
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Fundación Avina worked with researchers to try to understand the evolution and impact of civic tech projects and the organisations that lead them.

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Scaling civic tech impact through the Open Government Partnership
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One of the key challenges facing civic tech initiatives is scaling: they often fail to achieve their full impact potential — not due to design issues, but a lack of an effective dissemination and scaling platform.

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What holds government back from helping civic tech projects scale?
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Classifying some of the factors that are holding back efficient public-private partnerships in civic tech, and looking at the feasibility and impact of some mitigation strategies.

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Is that grant working? Citizen monitoring in Nepal
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Sindhupalcheck was an intervention that engaged citizens to monitor a house reconstruction programme in Nepal. How impactful was it?

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How to last in civic tech (especially now)
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Of the many live organisations listed in the Civic Tech Field Guide, only about 75 are more than ten years old. What are the factors that bring about such organisational longevity?

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Find that charity: a tool to help find charities and improve charity data
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A big part of publishing high quality grants data is having good organisation identifiers. 360Giving helped develop “Find that Charity”, a tool for finding non-profit organisations.

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Fireside chat: Stephen King, Omidyar Network
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The Omidyar Network is one of the most significant benefactors for those working in Civic Tech. Through the Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative, it supports a broad range of organisations working in the US and around the world.

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