Global Innovation Competition (GIC)

Publish Date: Sep 24, 2015

Deadline: Oct 04, 2015

Welcome to the Global Innovation Competition (GIC) of Making All Voices Count.

Making All Voices Count holds its third annual Global Innovation Competition (GIC 2016). The GIC is open to applicants from around the world with inspiring ideas. If you have an idea/proven concept for a project that uses innovative technology to improve the relationship between government and citizens in Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, the Philippines, Liberia, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Mozambique, Uganda and Nigeria, we invite you to apply. Everyone is invited to participate; public votes and nominations will determine which entries progress in the competition.

This year we are tackling five themes that relate to the programme’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.


  • 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


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.

This Grand Challenge is committed to promoting transparency, fighting corruption, empowering marginalised citizens, and harnessing the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable.

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.

Global Innovation Competition (GIC)

Hosted annually, the GIC tackles a different problem each year around the citizen-to-government relationship. Its unique approach combines a crowdsourcing and public voting process with the benefit of expert mentoring and workshops during Global Innovation Week.


A 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.

Application Process

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

This opportunity has expired. It was originally published here:

Similar Opportunities



Opportunity Types


Eligible Countries


Host Countries

United States