Our Work: Democracy and Governance
OneWorld’s real-time election monitoring platform is empowering civil society in some of the world’s most fragile democracies. Our live-updating data platform provides the information they need to respond quickly to electoral faults and hold officials to account for fair and credible elections.
And recognizing that democratic foundations are built before and after Election Day too, OneWorld’s holistic approach also includes:
- A cross-media civic education tool: citizens can get answers to their questions by smartphone app, SMS, phone call, email, or Facebook;
- A media-training and media-monitoring component;
- Long-term observation: monitors report on pre-election processes (registration, campaign events, etc.) and post-election activities (misuse of funds, local council meetings, incidents of violence, etc.)
- An “Ask Your MP” tool that connects citizens directly to their elected officials by SMS, email, or Facebook.
OneWorld enabled CSOs to adopt, refine, and implement several groundbreaking managerial and information and communication technology innovations that have transformed election monitoring in Senegal from the traditional, slow paper-and-pencil activity to a state-of-the-art iterative and responsive process
USAID Senegal, 2015
The platform merges age-old monitoring approaches with the latest data collection and analysis tools and techniques. Election monitors send their observations by text message (SMS) or smartphone app; the messages are instantly de-coded, verified, aggregated and published. Easy-to-read charts, maps, and spreadsheets give civil society leaders a real-time picture of what’s happening around the country at the local, regional, and national levels. Some data is public, for the whole world to see, while sensitive data is kept offline for only trusted partners to use.
Following the 2012 national elections in Senegal, OneWorld has implemented its election monitoring platform in four countries, each of which had experienced significant recent dysfunction in its electoral or political process - Sierra Leone (2012), Mali (2013), Guinea-Bissau (2014) and Burkina Faso (2015). We have also completed a study in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in advance of elections due in 2016.
For the historic elections in Myanmar held in November 2015, OneWorld launched New Niti, a smartphone app to help young people understand the democratic process and to hold their elected representatives to account after the election.
Fair Elections and Active Citizenship – slide presentation in pdf format.
Situation Room online archive
Perhaps the most sophisticated monitoring system ever deployed in Africa or anywhere else
Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State speaking in Senegal about the OneWorld civil society platform for the 2012 election