Making All Voices Count

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Public lecture/debate/seminar


The ‘Making All Voices Count’ programme is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. You can find out more about the programme at IDS has been tasked with the research element and aims to build an evidence base and contribute to theory-building in the general field of voice and accountability. IDS is specifically interested in the incipient fields of practice of tech- and open government. They are hoping to build a critical mass of diversely positioned actors responding in their various ways to the questions of government responsiveness, the nature of trust gaps and feedback loops between citizens and governments. The e-dialogue is divided into four themes, each of which is framed by a word in the title of the programme: •Making: understanding the conditions, technologies and regulations that foster innovation towards voice and response. •All: understanding inclusiveness in work on transparency and accountability and within Making All Voices Count •Voices: understanding the expression of citizen influence on the state or corporate actors, which in tech-for-transparency and accountability initiatives is mediated by technology •Count: understanding the response from government to citizens’ exercise of voice. The e-dialogue will be a combination of webinar and facilitated online discussion exploring these four thematic areas. A different theme will be carried each day throughout the week of the 20-24th January 2014. IDS will bring a ‘power/knowledge’ perspective to our exploration of the phenomenon of voice. Beginning with scoping of forms, sources, roles and dynamics of voice, they will ask what can be voiced, how, and what is the relationship between the content and the form, particularly in relation to ICTs.
Period23 Jan 2014
Event typeOther
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map


  • voice
  • citizen empowerment
  • new technologies
  • power/knowledge