African Technology and Transparency Initiative

The Africa Technology and Transparency Initiative (ATTI) is a joint initiative of Omidyar Network and Hivos. It seeks to support organisations in Africa that use technology and media platforms to empower citizens in their countries to hold their leaders accountable by providing access to credible public information, influence and stewardship of resources.

People look to government institutions to work on their behalf and provide oversight on matters that significantly impact their quality of life. Governments fulfill this role most effectively when their activities are open and transparent to citizens. With visibility into government actions and spending, people are more likely to participate in the political process and hold government officials accountable for their actions. When citizens engage in the issues that affect them, they can help to ensure that power and public funds are used wisely and are representative of their interests. Through the power of technology, ATTI aims to reach people more efficiently and thereby maximise these benefits for millions of people, enabling them to engage more productively with one another and in society.

The fund supports projects that use technology as an essential component for providing people with access to credible information about government actions and influence in Africa. They aim to invest in the technology platforms that track government activities and money flows, provide citizens with the opportunity to engage on specific issues, and establish the public checks and balances that can help people hold government leaders more accountable.

Grants are provided for projects that plan to develop technology platforms for use in promoting transparency and accountability or for projects that use pre-existing technology platforms for use in promotion of transparency and accountability

Republic of Congo: Building access to justice, health care and social rehabilitation for survivors
Republic of Congo: Building access to justice, health care and social rehabilitation for survivors 19 March 2015 Karen Higgs

“All victims need to be believed and heard, they need to cry, shout or be silent, get rid of guilt and normalise their reactions. They need their expectations to be confirmed, supported and upheld. They need to be respected at their own pace, to be safe, encircled and to regain power over their lives.” This is the opening quote in APC and AZUR Development’s new publication titled Congo’s online domestic violence map: Building access to justice, health care and social rehabilitation f...

Use of ICTs to improve access to justice and health for women and children victims of sexual and domestic violence in the Republic of Congo. A Survey Report
Use of ICTs to improve access to justice and health for women and children victims of sexual and domestic violence in the Republic of Congo. A Survey Report 13 November 2014 Sylvie Niombo and Romeo Mbengou

Access to health and justice for women victims of violence is certainly one of the effective ways of supporting victims as well as redressing the physical, moral and psychological damage suffered. In order to define these problems encountered by women and to find mechanisms to facilitate this access, a survey was conducted in the towns of Pointe-Noire and Nkayi. This survey has enabled the ide...

Online mapping to end sexual, domestic violence: Report on research in the Republic of Congo
Online mapping to end sexual, domestic violence: Report on research in the Republic of Congo 13 November 2014 Sylvie Niombo

In the Republic of Congo, there was no previous experience in using online mapping to advance the rights of women and children. However, in the area of combating violence against women and girls, an analysis of the response to sexual violence was carried out by UNICEF in 2008 in the aftermath of the armed conflict in the Congo. In addition, the Congolese Association to Combat Violence Against W...

Gender-based violence in Congo-Brazzaville: APC News interviews Sylvie Niombo
Gender-based violence in Congo-Brazzaville: APC News interviews Sylvie Niombo 15 July 2013

The Republic of Congo committed to eradicating gender-based violence by signing the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). There are various laws and regulations: the Penal Code of 1810, the Family Code of 1918 and the Child Protection Act of 2010 which provide protect...

Congo: Government response on domestic violence under the spotlight
Congo: Government response on domestic violence under the spotlight 07 December 2012 Flavia Fascendini

A 14 year old girl living with her sister was harassed by her brother-in-law, even in front of her sister. The latter thought it was just jokes, so she encouraged her partner to do so. Two years ago, in Brazzaville, the girl was dragged by her brother-in-law into a hotel so he could rape her. She talked to her sister but she did not believe her, she also beat her and kicked her out of the house...

Holding government accountable to gender-based violence in the Republic of Congo
Holding government accountable to gender-based violence in the Republic of Congo 06 September 2012

  Republic of Congo (Congo) has one of the most serious incidence of gender-based violence and human rights violations in the world. It is a country emerging from years of armed conflict, which has perpetuated rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war. In Congo, a small country with a population of about 3.6 million, over 15,000 cases of sexual violence were reported in 2009. In the firs...

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