At Indigo we recognise that we often don’t have all the answers, but that many of you will be able to solve at least part of the puzzle. If you’ve ever used Wikipedia or read Facebook in a language other than English, then you’re already acquainted with the concept of crowdsourcing (multiple people contributing separately to a larger task). Fortunately, we’re not attempting anything quite so grand as creating a second Wikipedia, but we do need your help on two democracy-related projects.
The first project we’d like your help on is to ascertain the state of democratic transparency across Africa. As a funder making grants in Africa, we’d like to know how much basic democracy data – if any – is available. We’ve created a Google Spreadsheet with a quick list of questions covering things such as whether a country publishes a list of its MPs or whether parliamentary debates are accessible online. If you know any of the answers to any of these questions, then please take a minute to visit the document and contribute. The spreadsheet here will show you which countries we’ve received responses for and which ones we still need to know about.
The second project that we need your help on is to compile a single list of all the known civic/transparency/accountability/democracy sites anywhere in the world. mySociety, who created the spreadsheet and who do some fantastic transparency work here in the UK, are keen to know of any other initiatives out there and would really appreciate your help with this. Again, take a minute to visit the spreadsheet and add your own voice.