South Africa has many civic tech organisations, such as Amandla.mobi, Grassroot, GovChat and Vulekamali, which aim to make a real impact on many issues concerning South African citizens. Such organisations make use of different technologies to make a real change. These civic tech organisations often focus on issues pertaining to transparency and accountability, education, citizen participation, open data, governance, journalism and much more.
The Shuttleworth Foundation offers fellowships to individuals to implement their innovative idea for social change. We are most interested in exceptional ideas at the intersection between technology, knowledge and learning, with openness being the key requirement.
Pocket Law is an offline legal library for students with no internet connection at home, and for courts with limitedinternet connectivity. Additionally, smaller or younger law firms can also subscribe to use this legal library.
Baobab.law attempts to remove barriers to legal assistance by providing DIY legal solutions in the form of videotutorials. Videos are recorded with professional lawyers, and are available in multiple languages.
Open Cities Lab is a non-profit open and non-partisan organisation that combines the use of action research, co-design, data science, and technology with civic engagement, to enable the development of inclusive cities and urban spaces.
Curated by Melissa Tsungai Zisengwe of Civic Tech Innovation Network (CTIN)
Our South African civic tech project collection benefits enormously from CTIN’s South African Civic Tech Innovation Database.
CTIN aims to produce and deliver actionable learning through content and events – for African civic tech organisations and initiatives and people active in or interested in innovation in government, transparency, governance, and accountability processes. CTIN works to bring together a community of practitioners — from public and private sector — to promote quicker, smarter innovation that enables accountability, governance, and citizen participation. CTIN encourages people to participate in the network through its Medium publication. For more on CTIN follow and engage with them on their Facebook page and on Twitter (@CivicTechAfrica).
CTIN is based at the Journalism and Media Department at the Witwatersrand University in South Africa. The project is generously supported by an investment from Luminate.
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