Parliaments, People and Digital Development seminar

On 21st November we will host a seminar at the House of Lords exploring how digital tools are being used in Sub-Saharan Africa to bring parliaments and citizens closer together.

During the seminar, we will be launching our Parliaments and the People: Digital Democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa report, which presents the findings from an extensive and in-depth research study into digital democracy across Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. This research explores the use of digital channels and platforms in communicating political information in the region, and considers the implications for future development in digital and institution-building.

The report analyses the breadth of digital political engagement in the countries studied, and identifies key structural and cultural considerations that influence whether digital solutions to improving democratic engagement, transparency and accountability in governing institutions will be successful.

The findings of this report are more relevant than ever to those interested and involved in international development and institution-building, through which policy implementations digital solutions are being increasingly embedded.

The seminar will bring together researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss how the insights from this and other work can be integrated into policy, engagement and future development work.

Speakers:

  • Hosted by Lord Purvis of Tweed & Mark Cridge, CEO mySociety
  • Dr Rebecca Rumbul, Head of Research, mySociety (Report author)
  • Gemma Moulder, Partnership Development Manager, mySociety (Report author)
  • Paul Lenz, Trust Executive, Indigo Trust
  • Julia Keutgen, Parliamentary Development Advisor, Westminster Foundation for Democracy
  • Two further speakers will be announced soon.

Date/time: 21st November 4pm – 6pm.

As capacity is limited, attendance to the event is by invitation only. If you’re interested in attending please email ¬†to request an invite and we’ll let you know full details.

 

 

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