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22 May 2024

Doing online participation right

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Paul Plantinga, senior research manager at the HSRC’s Impact Centre, recently shared his expertise on e-participation in governance with Nathi Mcetywa on the Civic Tech Innovation Network podcast.

In this episode, they discuss the landscape of participatory governance in South Africa and Africa, the use of digital platforms for public participation, and the challenges of online participation. Paul also shares insights from his work with municipalities and the importance of user-driven approaches and capabilities in e-participation. Their conversation ends with a mention of the HSRC’s e-participation and policy modeling platform and the Civic Tech Innovation Forum held in Cape Town.

Read the article on public official roles in e-participation that Plantinga mentions here and explore the e-Participation toolkit here.

Listen to the podcast episode:

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)