Government Responsiveness: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

Government Responsiveness: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

When citizens exercise voice, what is it that makes their voices count, or not count? If citizens’ voices count, governments are being responsive. In the past fifteen years many development and social change programmes have sought to make or strengthen the connections between citizens exerting voice and governments responding to their voices. Some research has been done on what produces greater responsiveness to citizens’ voices, but the meaning of responsiveness has not been adequately defined or explored.

Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness.

The think-piece from Making all Voices Count first sets out the implications of findings and reflections for the field of transparency and accountability and, within that, the sub-field of tech-enabled transparency and accountability initiatives (‘T4T&A’) The focus then shifts to the implications for Making All Voices Count and similar programmes, and finally, to implications for research and the creation and use of evidence in this field.

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