The question of inclusiveness: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

The question of inclusiveness: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Inclusiveness is a persistent theme in development thinking and practice. Concerns about who to include, and therefore who to exclude, how and at what level, lie at the heart of initiatives aimed at supporting expression, representation and influence. As such, inclusiveness is a central value of the Making All Voices Count programme, with clear links to how voices can be amplified, what forms voices can take and how they are  mediated, and what result they attain in terms of government responsiveness.

This think-piece draws from a review of experience and an exchange of ideas that happened in the context of an e-dialogue between practitioners and scholars in late January 2014. The review took in scholarly work and grey literature (including, in some cases, ideas expressed in blogs) on patterns of differential access to ICTs in developing countries, lessons emerging from the previous and latest generation of ICT-mediated citizen engagement initiatives.

The author examines emerging and persistent debates about inclusiveness in attempts to promote citizen voice. It aims to capture where the conversation is at and which lessons are applicable from past and recent experience with inclusiveness in ICT-mediated citizen engagement.

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