Press Release: Orodata Science and Alliance for Community Action Announces the Tipende Project

Orodata Science (ODS) and the Alliance for Community Action (ACA) are happy to announce a collaboration project Tipende –  a data-driven social accountability project.

The project will include capacity development on data reporting technologies towards evidence-based social accountability and advocacy. It will equip citizens and civil society organizations (CSOs) with skills and knowledge to leverage rights-based approaches when holding the government to account. Furthermore, it will serve as a platform for the reskilling of citizens, and strengthening the voice of the civil society as they continue to demand greater accountability and good governance.

Tipende is in line with other global initiatives intending to evolve or reform accountability mechanisms towards enhanced service delivery, poverty reduction, people-centric policies, empowerment of citizens, and the strengthening of the democratic processes.  Tipende will equip augmented reporting techniques such as data visualization, analysis, and reporting to stakeholders and local leaders who will use it to demand social accountability and at the same time deliver focused services that their communities need the most.

Beneficiaries will utilize the skills learned to produce data-centric creative outputs that can be showcased in the community and be used by the community at the end of the project.

Also, the collaboration will share best practices and lessons between organizations to approach social accountability while impacting youth groups who are using technology to hold the Zambian government accountable. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the activities of the project will be virtual.

Orodata Science (ODS) is a civic technology organization that leverages augmented reporting technologies and techniques such as Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Automation to democratize public data towards the facilitation of easy access to information for citizens and the media and to promote accountability and transparency in government.

The Alliance for Community Action (ACA) is a Zambian based non – governmental organization which promotes community participation and accountability in development. ACA focuses on citizen-based advocacy in demanding for responsible and accountable management of public resources at national and local levels. 

Blaise Aboh of Orodata Science (ODS) and Andrew Banda of Alliance for Community Action (ACA) are the team leaders for the Tipende project.  This collaboration project is implemented with support from Hivos Foundation.

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