Does Shouting Louder Make Governments Listen More?

This is a guests post by Carol Morgan, Head of Communications for Making All Voices Count.

Making All Voices CountOver the last 18 months, our team at Making All Voices Count have been tackling one of the most challenging issues in development: making sure that ordinary people are heard by those in power, and ensuring that their governments are both incentivized and able to respond.

Thinking about discussing this with Social Media for Good community, our team kept coming back to this question:

How can social media be used to make sure we don’t just shout louder, but actually get heard?

With the postponed Nigerian elections dominating the news in the middle of last month, our team reflected on the Nigerian government’s response to arguably one of the biggest social media campaigns of the last year, Bring Back Our Girls, and what it said about the links between advocacy, shouting louder and actual change.

Bring Back Our Girls is just one of many initiatives that highlights how complex creating change is, and demonstrates the need to think more not just about how to raise voices, but also how to generate actual government response to them.

At Making All Voices Count, we are fortunate to be supporting some great initiatives working on this issue, from public-led monitoring of health services in Pakistan, to improving government support services for gender-based violence survivors in South Africa by enabling feedback from service users. Many of our funded partners work with or alongside local or national governments so that accountability, whether for poor services or for corruption, actually becomes normal practice.

Call for proposals

We just launched our new thematic areas for funding in Kenya, Ghana, the Philippines, Indonesia, and South Africa. We’re inviting techies, civil society, government, NGOs and individuals to submit proposals for innovative ideas to continue this work in making sure that ordinary people are both heard and listened to.Our grants are usually for proposals under £100,000, although for exceptional proposals the grant ceiling may be raised.

If you are interested in thinking creatively about how to address governance issues and want to know more about who we are and what we do, get in touch, get inspired and join our group of innovators.