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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.

On speaking, mediation, representation and listening: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

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 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.

Fostering new ideas for social inclusion and accountable responsive governance: a think-piece for the Making All Voices Count programme

The Making All Voices Count programme aims to foster and support new ideas to improve governance and achieve greater social justice. Key to Making All Voices Count’s approach to this challenge is to support innovation through a focus on brokering knowledge and new relationships, building evidence for practice, and learning.

Gender and Information Communication Technologies (ICTS) in Nigeria: Challenges and Prospects

Despite the emphasis placed on the use of information communication technologies (ICTs) in Nigeria, women are often underrepresented in terms of access and use. Gender differences in ICT use in Nigeria are linked to patterns of discrimination in the society at large, as well as with patterns of power relations within the home.

Transnational responses to violence against women in the name of 'culture': evaluation of the Violence Is Not Our Culture Campaign (2008-2011)

In 2007, members of the Stop Stoning Forever Campaign in Iran and the Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML) network initiated the ‘Violence is not our Culture’ (VNC) campaign. The VNC is aimed at bringing an end to the misuse of culture and religion to justify violence against women (VAW).

Reluctant to return? The primacy of social networks in the repatriation of Rwandan refugees in Uganda

Two decades after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, tens of thousands of refugees remain in exile. Since October 2002, the governments of Rwanda and Uganda, and UNHCR have been playing an active role in promoting the voluntary repatriation of Rwandan refugees.

#BringBackOurGirls: a joint op-ed on the abduction of more than 200 school girls in Nigeria

This op-ed is about the unthinkable nightmare endured by the 200 schoolgirls who were seized in the night by armed men dressed as soldiers who said they were there to protect them. In reality, the men were militant extremists who kidnapped them, and set their boarding school on fire. At this time, the girls’ whereabouts continue to be unknown.

Self Help Group bank linkage: through the responsible finance lens

The self-help group (SHG) program began as a women’s empowerment initiative in the 1980’s and added a significant component in 1992, when it linked a small number of SHGs with banks. The objective of this report is to review the group dynamics in terms of financial transactions, decision making, cohesiveness, transparency and acceptance towards technology and new policy.

Impact of EKO’s SimpliBank on the saving behaviour and practices of low income customers: the Indian experience

India has the second largest financially excluded poor in the world, yet given the rising mobile phone usage in the country, m-banking has a great potential for reaching unbanked population. In this respect, EKO mobile banking is an early mover in offering basic saving account to the poor in partnership with the State Bank of India on a low cost banking platform.