For the first time, Making All Voices Count (MAVC) held a pitch competition in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania hosted by Buni Hub, challenging global innovators to come up with ideas on technology and innovation that can potentially help Tanzania’s energy sector reform and improve public service delivery across the energy sector and promote public involvement in participatory budgeting and governance of public money.
The call for applications attracted submissions from over 6 countries across the globe with Tanzania taking lead with the highest number of applicants at the finalist stage. Out of the 11 applicants selected to pitch at Buni Hub in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; 7 finalists were from Tanzania, 2 from Uganda, 1 from Kenya and 1 from the Netherlands. All project ideas were to be implemented in Tanzania.
At the end of the day-long pitching session steered by a quick-witted jury of persons from cross cutting professional backgrounds, 3 teams from Tanzania carried the day.
The selected teams and ideas are;
“Uwazi is a mobile tool that allows citizens to easily view and comment on budget drafts during the budgeting process”.
“A platform in Zanzibar that involves citizens early in the budgeting process by collecting their views through web and mobile tools, and tracking budget expenditure”.
“This project is using mobile and web to disseminate budget information so that citizens can track government performance”.
The 3 winning teams convinced the jury with their in-depth understanding of key requirements of the competition; the presented ideas/concepts were deemed as solutions to specific problems relevant to the goals of Making All Voices Count as well tackling governance challenges such as promoting transparency, fighting corruption, harnessing the power of technologies to make governments more effective and accountable among others.
The jury-panel was also keen on ideas that directly engaged local communities, the government, disadvantaged groups and women. Out of 17 participants from 11 teams who participated in the pitching competition, there were 5 females and 12 males. Notably, 2 teams out the total 4 teams with female participants pitched against their male counterparts and managed to successfully sail through the competition.
Like any other great competition, the greater the challenge, the greater the victory. The 3 selected ideas convinced the Jury that they had potential to be developed into full-fledged projects following the incubation program at the “South2South lab”, judging from their readiness and capacity for the incubation program which will provide the teams with access to mentoring support, international networking and related tools and resources.
The 3 winners will receive incubation support for their ideas from Making All Voices Count, preparing them for potential grants of up to £40,000
MAVC and Buni Hub would like to congratulate all #Tech4Governacne applicants from Tanzania and other countries who took part in the pitch competitions, we would also like to appreciate the jury-panel which presented to us the winning solutions.