On 30 November 2021, the Charter Project Africa will officially launch the CivicTech Fund Africa, a mechanism aimed at supporting innovative citizen initiatives that use civic technology to facilitate inclusive public decision-making and strengthen democratic governance across Africa. 

The Charter Project Africa is a continental initiative to amplify citizen voices through digital civic technologies. The Charter Project Africa aims to do this by boosting citizen involvement in the implementation of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG)..

The ACDEG was adopted at the Pan-African level to improve governance and promote civic participation across the continent. While its uptake has taken some time and its enforcement remains an uphill battle, it is the most prominent set of legally-binding rules that African countries have imposed upon themselves in this crucial area. As such, it holds promise for improving governance on the ground. 

Civic technologies (or civic tech) represent a key vehicle through which citizen participation can be achieved. As such, digital tools make it easier for citizens to engage with those in power, and can help strengthen democratic processes and inclusive decision-making. Civic technologies can therefore effectively contribute to promoting the values and principles contained in the African Charter.

“The Fund aims to elevate youth voices and innovations within the critical space of democratic governance in Africa”, emphasises Andrew Songa, the Civil Society Secretariat Coordinator . “In doing so, we would be contributing to realising the African Union’s vision of an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa driven by its own citizens.”

About the CivicTech Fund Africa

As part of the Charter Project Africa, the new CivicTech Fund Africa will offer pioneers access to seed grants, technology and data support, and access to policy & topic experts from the Charter Project Africa coalition. The coalition includes AfricTivistes, Code for Africa (CfA), Gorée Institute, Democracy Works Foundation, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and European Partnership for Democracy (EPD). This initiative is financially supported by the European Union. The Fund will initially target innovators in 11 African Union member countries (Benin, Botswana, Cabo Verde, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, and Zambia). It will expand to supporting initiatives elsewhere on the continent in a future phase.

About the event

CivicTech Fund Africa website:https://civictechfund.africa 

Email address  :  info@civictechfund.africa

Social media accounts:  Twitter, Facebook & Linkedin (#CharterAfrica)

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