Civic Tech in Africa

VOW FM 88.1  |  Series , ±33 min episodes total time 6 hr 04 min  | 
Civic Tech in Africa is a podcast by the Civic Tech Innovation Network, in partnership with Vow FM. The podcast focuses on the profiling of civic tech initiatives, civic innovators, activists, researchers, social entrepreneurs and others working in the civic tech and other related fields in Africa.

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01

Understanding the Work of Civic Tech in Africa | Geci Karuri-Sebina

In this episode CTIN Project Assistant, Mmabatho Montse, speaks to National Co-ordinator at Civic Tech Innovation Network, Professor Geci Karuri-Sebina, who will share more about the Civic Tech Innovation Network and it’s work. She was invited to be national organiser at CTIN in its first year, 2018, to support its efforts to engage with different actor-groups in SA- including local and national government officials who were relatively unaware of the emerging field of civic tech.
02

Woman to Woman mentorship in ICT | Tina James

In this episode, host Mmabatho Montse speaks to Tina James. Tina has more than 35 years of consulting experience with a focus on ICTs for Development and Digital Inclusion in Africa – humanitarian assistance, SMEs, education, sustainable livelihoods, policy and strategy development, innovation, and environmental management.
03

Women Leading in Technology | Zine Nkukwana,

In this episode Mmabatho Montse, Project Assistant at Civic Tech Innovation Network speaks to Zine Nkukwana, the Chief Executive Officer of Lindamahle Management Systems. Lindamahle Management Systems is a 100% woman owned ICT accredited training service provider, which was the first South African black female owned company signed as a partner to Google in the Digital Skills for Africa Programme. Nkukwana is passionate about women and youth development and has devoted her life in doing philanthropic work with these groups.
04

Social innovation and technology, a global perspective | Niousha Roshani

In this episode we speak to Niousha Roshani. Niousha is a social scientist, serial entrepreneur, researcher and a visionary leader with a global approach and citizenship connecting change-makers in diverse sectors to opportunities around the world. In this conversation we spoke about Social innovation and technology - a global perspective.
05

Tech for Women and Girls | Baratang Miya

In this episode I am in conversation with Baratang Miya, who has 18 years experience as a tech entrepreneur, consulting start-ups as a content creator, product designer and visual communicator specializing in user experience and mobile product management. She is the founder of Girlhype Coders, an initiative created with the purpose of teaching young women to code and also mentoring women who are pursuing STEM careers.
06

Reclaiming African Narratives through storytelling: What’s needed?

This Jamlab Meetup in collaboration with the Civic Tech Innovation Network, aims to reflect upon work that is being done to decolonise African narratives, but also to look forward to resetting Africa onto a new path of solidifying its stories and futures. The session will unpack ways in which journalism, media and civic tech communities can contribute to reshaping African narratives.
07

Reclaiming African Narratives through storytelling: making it happen

This Jamlab Meetup reflected upon work being done to decolonise African narratives, while also looking forward to resetting Africa onto a new path of solidifying its stories and futures. The session will unpack ways in which journalism, media, and civic tech communities can contribute to reshaping African narratives.
08

Open data and pipes of water | Richard Gevers

In this episode, Mmabatho Montse is in conversation with Richard Gevers. Richard is the founder of Open Cities Lab, a civic technology lab with a focus on the development of open data for application to urban challenges operating within cities in Africa. Richard is also one of the founding Reference Group members for the Civic Tech Innovation Network.
09

User-Centred Civic Technology with OpenUp | JD Bothma and Adrian Kearns

In this episode, we speak to JD Bothma and Adrian Kearns about OpenUp’s approach in implementing civic tech projects and reflect on some challenges they have faced in implementing civic tech projects in rural South Africa. They also talk about the importance of implementing user-centred civic tech projects when attempting to resolve people’s real-life challenges.
10

Jamlab Meetup: African Elections, African Voice, Roles for journalism and civic tech communities

This #JamlabMeetup conversation focused on what the implications might be for the roles of the media and various civic tech actors who are typically involved with trying to strengthen citizen engagement, increase transparency, accountability and democratic governance. Panelists shared strategies that can be implemented to help journalists and civic activists to prepare and improve on ways of empowering communities and the diversity of voices within the public space through digital media and other social innovations.

Events Speakers:
Kathy Magrobi, founder of Quote This Woman+ in South Africa
Ivan Louis Pinno, co-founder of Digital Woman Uganda
Dr Caroline Khene, senior lecturer at De Monfort University in the United Kingdom
Daniel Odongo, director of implementation at Ushahidi
11

Jamlab Meetup: Financing and monetising your civic tech platform or media start-up in Africa

Financing or monetising a new venture can be a daunting task, especially if you have no to minimal experience in soliciting funding. And with the pandemic having devasted many industries, many small organisations have had to rethink how to remain sustainable in these uncertain times. In this fourth Jamlab Meetup in collaboration with the Civic Tech Innovation Network we ask the questions: Who are the funders? Where does one begin looking for funding?

During this particular conversation on financing, we discussed funding strategies for civic tech and media innovation, and how organisations seeking grant funding or support from contemporary funders in general can better position and prepare themselves.We learnt about interesting models and approaches for how innovators can fund and sustain their ideas or platforms.

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