TransGov was created to promote the idea that a democratic government cannot excel without active participation from its citizens

Accountability and transparency are two key components of any well-functioning democracy. Recognizing this fact, a new project in Ghana hopes to help create an open government by developing a platform that provides easily accessible data to citizens. TransGov wants to encourage civic participation in order to foster accountability and, overall, build a better democracy.

The platform gives both citizens and public officials access to accurate and timely data in order to improve local governance. TransGov researchers found that citizens are unaware of what kind of development projects are going on in their neighborhoods and that there is a lack of readily available information. The platform hopes to connect citizens with local leaders in order to foster opportunities to provide input and feedback about issues—all via technology. TransGov offers a web platform, a mobile app, voice response technology and text messaging to help Ghanaians have a bigger voice in politics and other activities that impact their community and livelihoods.

Through the platform, citizens get to follow the progress of any government initiatives and programs while posting any information and feedback of their own. By partnering with the government-sponsored Ghana Open Data Initiative, both groups benefit from sharing information, resources and tools while hosting workshops. This allows government agencies have an easier time tracking data and utilizing it to benefit the public.

TransGov aims to provide solid information and create a better feedback loop for Ghanaians. The belief is that this will not only create a more solid national democracy, but also create more innovation and a better overall public space where everyone benefits. Technology has the ability to make it easier for citizens to have a voice, which can only strengthen accountability, transparency and action within the government.

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Accountability and transparency are two key components of any well-functioning democracy. Recognizing this fact, a new project in Ghana hopes to help create an open government by developing a platform that provides easily accessible data to citizens. TransGov wants to encourage civic participation in order to foster accountability and, overall, build a better democracy.

The platform gives both citizens and public officials access to accurate and timely data in order to improve local governance. TransGov researchers found that citizens are unaware of what kind of development projects are going on in their neighborhoods and that there is a lack of readily available information. The platform hopes to connect citizens with local leaders in order to foster opportunities to provide input and feedback about issues—all via technology. TransGov offers a web platform, a mobile app, voice response technology and text messaging to help Ghanaians have a bigger voice in politics and other activities that impact their community and livelihoods.