Past eventResearch Event

Digital Participation and Democracy in East Africa

22 June 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Chatham House, London


Maria Sarungi, Director, Compass Communications; Founder, #ChangeTanzania Platform
Chair: Dr Charlotte Cross, Lecturer in International Development and Inclusive Innovation, The Open University



From Uganda’s platform, which enables users to report government service delivery problems and corruption to relevant officials, to Kenya’s Mzalendo parliamentary monitoring site, technology is enabling citizens to scrutinize and hold politicians accountable more effectively across East Africa. Can digital tools help to strengthen democracy in the region, and is it vulnerable to the same threat of state interference as more established channels of participation?
At this roundtable, Maria Sarungi, director of Compass Communications and founder of the #ChangeTanzania platform, will discuss how technology is changing democracy in East Africa, with a particular focus on Tanzania.