Ghana wins Global Innovation Competition Award

Ghana wins Global Innovation Competition Award

The Making All Voices Count Global Innovation Competition (GIC) awards the most innovative ideas that support services and institutions around citizen-government relationship. Open to ideas from civil society groups, businesses, and individuals from 12 countries across Africa and Asia, GIC encourages participants to make things better through innovation. Tackling different problems each year, this year’s themes covered a wide range of topics, including: extractive industries, using innovative technology to deliver services to citizens in an effective manner, political party funding, and climate change, among others.

 

The annual award is given to innovators that exhibit the best tech governance projects. In a bid to support accountability, GIC 2016 looked to enable citizen engagement and open governance. It also considered the question of using new technologies to make government more effective.

 

This year saw a wide range of submissions from which 15 teams were chosen as finalists. From training stakeholders to access and analyze spending and anomalies in country budgets in Kenya, to building open data and transparency around the extractive sector in Philippines, the innovative ideas were endless. The winning idea went to Ghana with a team that proposed using SMS to support civil society and government actions in tackling climate change and related issues.

 

Incidentally, the Global Innovation Week was hosted in Accra, Ghana where finalists met to network, train, and present their ideas and concepts. The Climate Smart Integrated Flood Management project is a direct answer to the tragic floods that hit Accra last year. Developed by Delali Dovie, a lecturer at the University of Ghana and Raymond A. Kasei from the University for Development Studies, the project will combine forecasting and early warning systems for citizens. It will also gather data on flood prone communities and areas to city planners.

 

In all, nine competitors including Kenya, the Philippines, Indonesia, Uganda, and Mozambique were awarded prizes at the GIC 2016.

 

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