Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies that will enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.
The programme already flung its doors open with three ‘Open for Business’ events held in September and October in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa. Akin to these events, on 27 November we hosted ‘Get to Know Making All Voices Count’ in Jakarta, Indonesia. The aim of the event was to get techies, civil society organisations, private sector companies, government officials, researchers, and other interested parties in Indonesia acquainted with the programme and its objectives, and inspire discussion on how governments can become more accountable and citizens voices heard.
The event featured an inspiring keynote address by Heru Prasetyo, Deputy of the President’s Delivery Unit for International Planning and Relationship, who stressed the need for collaborative and innovative thinking. “We can’t solve this grand challenge from inside the box; we have to step outside of it!”
This was followed by an address from Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, Chairman of Indonesia Internet Service Provider Association (APJII), who emphasized that multi-stakeholder cooperation is key. He pointed to the success of the Internet Governance Forum 2013, previously an intergovernmental event, which last October invited CSO’s, government, tech specialists as well as citizens, to attend and contribute their voice in the context of internet governance.
Making All Voices Count is supported by the U.K. Department for International Development, U.S. Agency for International Development, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Open Society Foundations and Omidyar Network. Hivos acts as lead organisation of the implementing consortium.
Read more about the event in Jakarta on http://www.makingallvoicescount.org/blog/making-voices-count-indonesia/