Driving democratic governance through digital technology is fast disrupting authoritarianism, ensuring open government services, addressing and fighting corruption, strengthening voice and representation, and promoting respect for civil rights. COVID-19 has highlighted how central digital technology are for all aspects of life—work, health, education, commerce, and government. Digital infrastructure and government services are no longer just nice to have, but essential elements of a 21st century nation.
Digital tools and social media have empowered people through widespread access to information and global connections. Citizens are using technology to hold governments to account and to exercise their civic rights. Governments are using technology to be more transparent, accountable and inclusive. They are also innovating solutions to pressing issues, including delivering services better, establishing cutting edge systems of procurement, and fighting fraud and abuse.
Throughout history, civically engaged young people have proven to be a powerful force for change through tech-enabled platforms. In recent years alone, we have witnessed youth-led movements that have successfully gained international attention and challenged established practices within public, private and not-for-profit organizations and institutions.
The scale and urgency of its’ need has invigorated collaborative donor efforts through establishing a comprehensive global digital initiative and regional efforts like the African Union’s – Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa (2020-2030) is taking lead in building an integrated and inclusive digital society and economy for Africa’s citizens.
Voluntary Aid’ supports and responds to global initiatives to improve democratic governance using digital technology. Our strategic interventions targets to create digital spaces that allows government to be more efficient, more responsive to citizen input and needs, more transparent and accountable, and to act and adapt more quickly. With the right data and “last mile” connection efforts, our collective efforts will better, reach and engage citizens in remote and democratically under-served communities.