Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development

Deadline: 8 November 2013
Open to: research institutes, governments, individuals, academic institutions, NGOs and for-profit companies.
Grants: range between 10,000 and 100,000 GBP


Making All Voices Count is a global initiative that supports innovation, scaling-up, and research to deepen existing innovations and help harness new technologies to enable citizen engagement and government responsiveness. This Grand Challenge focuses global attention on creative and cutting-edge solutions, including those that use mobile and web technology, to ensure the voices of all citizens are heard and that governments have the capacity, as well as the incentive, to listen and respond.

Making All Voices Count aims to close the feedback loop by creating:

  • tools to enable citizens to give feedback on government performance
  • stronger incentives for, and greater capacity within, governments to respond to citizens’ feedback
  • incentives and the capacity for citizens to engage with government to improve their policies and services


Invited to apply are: individuals ( Innovation grants only) universities, academic institutions, research institutes, organisations ( all registered non-government associations; charities or societies; faith-based organisations; community-based organisations; not-for-profit and for-profit companies and corporations; social enterprises; and government), as well as private sector companies.

For the first call of proposal only 8 programme countries are included. These are: Ghana, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Applicants can be based anywhere, but must demonstrate that their proposed activities have a clear link, or demonstrate impact, in one of these countries.


Making All Voices Count aims to fund collaborative efforts, rather than one-sided approaches, and will award funds for the following three components:

Innovation: Backing innovative ideas and technology solutions (£10-40,000)
Scaling: Scaling successful initiatives and responses (£40-100,000)
Research and Evidence: Building an evidence base as to what works and why (£30 – 75,000)


For general instructions regarding a fund application: please read this Grant ManualApplications must be submitted through the website HERE before the November 8, 2013 at 6:00 PM South Africa time.

All questions should be sent to