Fund Aims to Improve Governance Through New Technology

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— SciDev.net

A $45 million pot to fund innovative projects that aim to increase government transparency and accountability using web and mobile technology has been unveiled by the U.K., U.S. and Swedish governments. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Making All Voices Count (MAVC) initiative in early December to support Internet-based technologies that increase interaction between citizens and governments.

MAVC will focus on reducing corruption and improving citizen engagement with governments in developing countries. As well as USAID and the Swedish government, the initiative involves the UK government's Department for International Development and the Omidyar Network, a philanthropic firm that invests in innovation to help drive economic and social change.

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