28 November from 10.30 to 12.30 - Room 9 - Palais de l'Europe

Interpretation: FR/EN


Sponsored by International IDEA


How effective are on-line tools to report and aggregate data on election malpractice? How can we increase the institutions' capacity to understand, analyse, prevent and mitigate outbreaks of election-related violence and encourage partnerships with security sector agencies, civil society and other state and non-state actors to ensure take-up, sustainability and ownership? 

iHub, Kenya

The iHub User experience laboratory has been using design thinking methods to encourage citizen participation in governance and open up the democratic space in Africa. Recently the ihub UX laboratory worked with Ushahidi for the citizen reporting platform Uchaguzi.co.ke, a tool that allows local citizens report on governance and/or electoral malpractice to keep the process honest, but also help organisations like the red cross, the police and other emergency services respond to incidences.The information is citizen driven and that is the power of the platform. Uchaguzi uses both a mobile application and simple SMS short code for citizens who can't afford a smart phone.

Website: www.ihub.co.ke/


Mr Mark KAMAU KAMOTHO, Kenya, Head of User Experience at iHub

Mark Kamau is the head of User Experience at iHub. He is passionate about Africa and the role that intelligent technology can play in helping Africa overcome its social and economic challenges. He spends his time helping organizations employ design-thinking approaches to improve the impact of their work. He has international experience in Europe and Africa but is now based in Nairobi, Kenya where he was born. He believes that Africans can solve African problems.


Mr Jeff MAINA, Kenya, Webmaster at iHub

Jeff Maina currently works at iHub as the web master. His career combines both design and web development and he is passionate about design and the role of technology in African affairs. He was responsible for making reports from Uchaguzi and election results dynamically available to all citizens through their mobile phones by spearheading the development of a mobile platform to present results as they came from the electoral commission of Kenya. He Holds a Bachelors Degree in Information systems from United States International University (Nairobi, Kenya) and a Masters Degree in Multimedia Design from Monash University (Melbourne, Australia).


Electoral Risk Management

International IDEA's Electoral Risk Management Tool (ERMTool) is designed to empower those who have immediate responsibility for, or specific interest in, preventing and mitigating election-related violence, such as Electoral Management Bodies (EMBs), security sector agencies, civil society and other state and non-state actors. The tool is a software application with three modules that allows for a three step system: research/learn, analyse and act. The information gathered helps the user build capacity to understand, analyse, prevent and mitigate outbreaks of election-related violence. The ERMTool has been tested and piloted in partnership with national stakeholders from Colombia, Sri Lanka, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kenya, including the Department of Political Affairs of the African Union, and will be launched as a global public good in October 2013.

Website: http://www.idea.int/elections/conflict.cfm


Mr Sead ALIHODZIC, Sweden, Senior Programme Officer at International IDEA

Sead Alihodzic gained extensive experience in dealing with elections and post-conflict security issues through eleven years of field work for Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The work entailed close cooperation with international military, police and civilian missions involved in multidimensional peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2008, Sead joined the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) where he is in charge of the Elections and Conflict project and leads the development of Electoral Risk Management Tool.



Discussants are invited to make critical comments during the lab on the impact, transferrability, sustainability and risk of the initiative.

Mr Christian Baptiste QUENTIN, Gabon, Judge at the Constitutional Court Gabon

Christian Baptiste Quentin is a judge at the Constitutional Court of Gabon since September 2012. Before that, he was working for the President of the Senate as the Director of Cabinet. From 1996 until 2009, Christian Baptiste Quentin served as the Director of the Centre for Constitutional Research and Studies at the Constitutional Court of Gabon. During his career, he also held the position as the Secretary General of the Constitutional Court and the Technical Advisor to the President of the Constiutional Court.

Mr Leonid VOLKOV, Russia, Blogger and Member of the City Council Yekaterinenburg

Leonid Volkov is protest movement activist and political blogger based in the city of Yekaterinburg. In 2009, Volkov ran for and won a seat on Yekaterinburg's city council which he holds until September 2013. He has a PhD in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ural State University. As an IT-specialist, he consults and invests in Startup enterprises. Leonid Volkov co-authored "Cloud Democracy" published in Russia in 2011, a book on how technology can change the way huge masses of people could meet decisions.


Mr Steven WAGENSEIL, USA, Consultant, Democracy, Human Rights, and Elections

Steve Wagenseil is a retired American Foreign Service Officer, with assignments in a half-dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa, plus Madrid, Geneva, and Strasbourg, as later responsibilities in his career focused on protecting human rights and the promotion of democracy.  After retiring from the State Department, Steve spent three years as Deputy Director of OSCE's Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw, then worked with the UN system on elections support projects in several regions of the world.  He has observed over 20 elections since 1977, in countries as diverse as Palestine, Georgia, Namibia, and the USA.

Mr Alex WIRTH, USA, Chair of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council

Alex Wirth is an advocate for youth involvement in government, community service, and service-learning.  Alex is the Chair of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council. He was appointed by Secretary Clinton to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO where he chairs the Youth Working Group and serves as its youngest member.  Alex is a blogger for the Huffington Post, founder of the Youth Creating Action Network, and an active tweeter. He has served on the youth council's of DoSomething.org, Youth Service America, State Farm, and the Democratic National Committee.  Alex has spoken at the United Nations, the Clinton Global Initiative, a UNFPA Conference in Istanbul, and the National Education Association. 


Rapporteur to the plenary session

Mr Mantas PUPINIS, Lithuania, Youth Representative, Researcher at Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI)

Mantas Pupinis is a researcher at Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI). He specialises in the analysis of employment and social policies. Previously, Mantas has worked at the Office of the Prime Minister and at the European Economic and Social Committee. He is also an active member (previously, member of the board) of one of the biggest Lithuanian youth NGOs, Young Conservative League (YCL). Mantas publishes regularly on the EU issues in various Lithuanian media sources. During his studies, Mantas was involved in the project ManoSeimas.lt (MyParliament.lt), which has developed an internet platform/website allowing the voters to match their ideological views with those of the candidates before the Parliamentary elections 2008.


Mr Josef HUBER, Head of the Pestalozzi Programme, Council of Europe



Your opinion

Does/Do the following initiative(s) increase significantly citizens' influence in the policy-making process and/or make democratic institutions more transparent, responsive and accountable? 

For the iHub initiative:
% Голоса
68% 77
a. Yes
32% 36
b. No

Всего голосов: 113

Голосование отключено, поскольку опрос завершился 29.11.13 12:00.

For the ERM Tool:
% Голоса
87% 134
a. Yes
13% 20
b. No

Всего голосов: 154

Голосование отключено, поскольку опрос завершился 29.11.13 12:00.