ICT, Digital Governance and Citizen Participation Panel Introduction - Columbia University African Diplomatic Forum 2011

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Presented these slides as an introduction to the ICT, Digital Governance, and Citizen Participation panel during Columbia University's African Diplomatic Forum on 11/18/11 (for which I was the …

Presented these slides as an introduction to the ICT, Digital Governance, and Citizen Participation panel during Columbia University's African Diplomatic Forum on 11/18/11 (for which I was the moderator).

Panel Description: How is Information Communication Technology (ICT) changing the landscape of media and policy in Africa? From mobile phones, to crisis mapping platforms like Ushahidi, to the recent open data initiative launched by the government of Kenya, the digital age purports to change the way information is disseminated in—and about Africa. This panel will explore the role of ICTs in encouraging transparency, strengthening media, citizen participation, and democracy in Africa.

More information about Liz Ngonzi: http://lizngonzi.squarespace.com/

Link to the panel and conference site: http://adf2011.org/ict-digital-governance-and-citizen-participation-in-africa/

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  • This Ewe-mina Proverb refers to this unknown part of the struggle between the lion and the hunter because we Africans know well that a story is never complete until one hears from both sides. The one who does not have the voice is often the loser. This loser might well be the lion to the hunter, the servant to the master, the chief to his subjects, the wife to her domineering husband. It is in these circumstances when one voice dominates the other that this proverb is often heard.

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  • 1. ICT, Digital Governance, andCitizen Participation in Africa How Information Communication Technology (ICT) is changing the landscape of media and policy in AfricaFollow us on :@LizNgonzi @mobileactive @UNDP @Saharareporters @khaitsawasiyo
  • 2. “Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story." ~ Ewe-mina ProverbSource: afriprov.org @LizNgonzi
  • 3. If Time Magazine was your only source about Africa: 1992 2010 - 2011Source: Time.com @LizNgonzi
  • 4. Informationaccess in Africa20+ years ago.Source: Human Development Report 1992 Human Development Indicators 1 @LizNgonzi
  • 5. Source: afrographique.tumblr.comInformation access inAfrica today. @LizNgonzi
  • 6. Photo Source: Unicef.orgAndrew Adansi-Bonnah, 11 year-old Ghanaian boy raising $13 million for famine victims. @LizNgonzi
  • 7. The Africa discussion democratized: @LizNgonzi
  • 8. ICT, Digital Governance, andCitizen Participation in AfricaQuestions?Follow us on :@LizNgonzi @mobileactive @UNDP @Saharareporters @khaitsawasiyo