Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Evidence : Success of Connecting Citizens to Parliament Project by @penplusbytes

"The Committee on Government Assurances was established to play an oversight role of the Executive arm of government in Ghana. We were faced with the challenge of interacting effectively with citizens and getting their valuable feedback on project delivery statuses. You can understand our excitement when we started the Connecting Citizens to Parliament Project in partnership with Penplusbytes to implement an innovative mechanism of connecting citizens to Parliament, using new digital technologies including SMS, an online portal, a Mobile App and WhatsApp. Our work was more efficient as, for the first time ever, we had a dedicated website on which citizens could report on projects within their communities and reach out to us via an integrated media system about other governance issues that they had concerns with. The project also equipped our committee members with technology, information and knowledge management skills. We call on all stakeholders to support us, sustain the success chalked by 'Connecting Citizens to Parliament' project to ensure that the Parliament of Ghana can continue to interact with even more of our citizens"

-- Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah – Member of Parliament, Ho West Constituency and Chair Committee on Government Assurances

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