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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


CGHR's two-year research collaboration (2011-13) with the team behind FrontlineSMS examined whether and how innovations in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are enriching citizen-led governance in Africa. Our approach was inspired by two main tenets: that an understanding of ICT's potential to reconfigure citizen-state relations in Africa has to be grounded in empirical evidence; and that new frameworks are needed to capture the ways in which ICT interact with the unique structures and practices characterising governance in Africa. The project sought to analyse the extent to which these interactions have practical implications on flows of information dealing with social and political priorities, as well as on the access and the quality of public services and goods.

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