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NDI, Tunisian Governance, and the Importance of Technology

NDI, Tunisian Governance, and the Importance of Technology

By | May 31, 2016

I have been working on e-government strategies formulation and implementation for over ten years within the Tunisian public sector. I am also head of the Tunisian eGovernment Society, an NGO that is dedicated to promoting the implementation of evidence-based policies to transform the public sector through digital technology. I also organized a number of activities that addressed these issues including Tunisia's 2015 Hackathon ‘AppsForDemocracy’.

The Next Big Step for Campaigns: Taking Mobile Canvassing Technology on the Road

The Next Big Step for Campaigns: Taking Mobile Canvassing Technology on the Road

By NDI Tech | August 20, 2015

Cross-posted from NDI's DemWorks blog; written by Kate Cyr

“Data is what makes or breaks campaigns,” says Chris Doten, NDI’s senior manager for technology and innovation. “Knowing the voting population, what they like, don’t like, where you should be focusing your efforts -- that’s what drives how candidates and their staff interact with the community.”

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By David Rosenthal | August 10, 2015

Hello, world! I’m NDItech’s new Project Manager. I’ve been with NDI for two years as an Administrative Officer focusing on technology operations support. My portfolio included tech budgeting, procurement, vendor management, and generally providing the best IT solutions to support our staff around the world. In my new capacity, I’ll have a more direct role in advising our programs and partners.

The Floor is Yours: A Q&A about Bosnia's New Issues Platform

The Floor is Yours: A Q&A about Bosnia's New Issues Platform

By Evan Summers | April 17, 2015

We sat down (via Google Hangouts) with NDI’s Asja Kratovic, Resident Program Officer in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), to discuss the recently released Imate Rijec website. Based on the Issues DemTool, the site brings together the voices of politicians and citizens on some of Bosnia’s most pressing social and political issues. Check out our Q&A with Asja below:

Q: What is Imate Rijec and how was the idea for the site first born?

A: Our inspiration for the site came from a desire to create an open space for two-way, direct communications between citizens and politicians in real time. That type of space is what Imate Rijec (which means “The Floor is Yours”) provides. Featuring video responses from more than 20 different politicians from nine political parties, as well as videos from citizens in three of the largest cities in Bosnia, the platform highlights the stances and positions of a wide variety of people on a series of relevant and popular political issues.

Other teams around NDI have pursued sites like this before, including the team in Belarus with their ePramova.org project. After speaking to the Belarusian team about their platform, we decided to move forward with a regional nonprofit called Dokukino to customize and develop NDItech’s The Issues DemTool to fit our needs.

NDItech - Product Development Process

NDItech - Product Development Process

By Swami Ganesan | December 12, 2014

This is the first in a series of posts on the NDItech team’s product development process. NDI’s tech products attempt to solve specific problems for people and organizations in emerging democracies. In this post, will look at the example of DemTools development to get an insight into our development process. More about DemTools can be found here.

DemTools Launch - Our Storify

DemTools Launch - Our Storify

By Evan Summers | August 14, 2014

Meet DemTools: Closing the Geek Gap

Meet DemTools: Closing the Geek Gap

By Chris Doten | August 08, 2014

In the last few years, powerful, cloud-based web apps have revolutionized the way business, civic groups and governments engage with citizens. Online campaign management systems helped empower Barack Obama’s supporters to organize their communities on the way to victory; sophisticated customer relationship management (CRM) systems help businesses effectively push their wares; online communication platforms connect marketers with the populace.

Online Organizing Platforms

Online Organizing Platforms

By Jared Ford | January 07, 2014

Our last RootsCamp ‘13 round-up identified free tools to maximize voice, and to collect and analyze social and mobile data. Each tool was quite specific in its purpose and execution. Beyond these, the attendees (vendors and activists alike) discussed a broader set of platforms (suites) that attempt to manage people and data in a way that allow for a variety of campaign and advocacy activities including petitions, member engagement, mobilization, etc.