Global Innovations Competition (GIC 2016)- Making All Voices Count!

Global Innovations Competition (GIC 2016)- Making All Voices Count!

Deadline: October 4, 2015

Making All Voices Count is pleased to announce its third annual Global Innovation Competition (GIC 2016). Making All Voices Count is an international initiative that contributes towards effective governance and accountability by enabling citizen engagement and open, responsive government in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. GIC 2016 aims to fund innovators to implement their best tech governance projects that are within the framework of Making All Voices Count to improve the relationship between citizens and their governments.

This year’s contest will tackle five themes that relate to GIC’s overarching goal; better governance, transparency and accountability, and decreased corruption. The themes are also promoted by Open Government Partnership (OGP) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are:

  • Devolution.
  • Political Party Funding.
  • Human Rights and Transitional Justice.
  • Extractive Industries.
  • Climate Change and Resilience.


GIC grant is awarded to applicants with particularly innovative ideas, either proven or to be developed should they win..

The applicant must prove they will implement the idea/proven concept in a Making All Voices Count country. Anyone is welcome to apply, companies, government actors, non-profits, for-profits, NGOs, individuals etc. This also includes applicants from the GIC’s inaugural year. An applicant can apply with as many ideas/proven concepts as they wish, however only one application per entity can qualify for the second round.

The Making All Voices Count countries are: Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.


  • finalists will attend the Global Innovation Week in Accra, Ghana; a programme of intensive networking and mentorship.
  • winners will receive grants from a pool of GBP 450,000 to support their projects, plus expert mentorship

How to Enter

Anyone wishing to submit an application is invited to visit: The first round questions include:

  • What is your Idea/project title?
  • Is this a new untested idea or has it already been proven?
  • What problem does your idea/project want to address?
  • How will the proposed approach build on or add to the existing ways of dealing with the problem?
  • What innovative technology shall you use and why?
  • Which theme does your idea fit best?
  • Which sub-theme question will you be answering and how?
  • How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness?
  • How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups?

Additional information will be entered in the second round by those that qualify.

The GIC 2016 will have the following three rounds:

  •  First Round (Preliminary): Public Votes and Nominations
  • Second Round (Semi-final): Initial Idea Review
  • Third Round (Final): GIC week consisting of mentoring and networking

For more information, visit Making All Voice Count, see FAQs or e-mail [email protected]