MyVoiceGh

MyVoiceGh: MyVoiceGh aims to give Ghanaians a voice in the legislative instrument of Ghana.

Accra, GhanaAccra, Ghana
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
for profit
Project Stage:
Growth
Budget: 
$10,000 - $50,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

MyVoiceGh is a web and SMS application where Ghanaians can create a legislative petition and ask fellow citizens to sign so that the government will consider passing it into a law. People in remote areas where there is no access to internet can access the service through SMS.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if you voice was taking into consideration in the passing of laws.
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Ghanaians have the feeling that their voice is not taken into account during the passing of law, although they are obliged to follow these laws. This has created a gap between policy/law makers and citizens, because the voices of the citizens are not taken into account directly. Government also finds it difficult to know what the citizens want and for that reason they make legislative decisions without listening to them

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

MYVoiceGh is a web platform where Ghanaians can make a legislative petition and others can vote on the petition so that the government will take this petition into account during the passing of laws. This gives the citizens a feeling of involvement in the law making process.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

With MyVoiceGh, people will be able to create a petition and this will be signed by other Ghanaians. When the number have been obtained, this information will then be sent to the government for consideration. This will give every Ghanaian the opportunity to make a difference in the laws that govern us.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have build the application and have piloted it, in one community. We intend to further develop the application using feedback that we get from the pilot stage.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

At full capacity, MyVoiceGh will empower Ghanaians and make their voices count in the passing of laws that affect them
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

We intend to raise money from donors and partners who use the system to register their petitions. We will also charge people who create petitions so that we will send the petition to all our member so they can sign it if they think it is appropriate. Finally we will be selling that we gather on the platform to interested groups.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

At present there is no local competitor doing what we intend to do, there are however, NGO's and pressure groups that sometimes organize people to demonstrate or speak out for the government to listen to them. We intend to partner with these people and set up a petition for them so that their members can sign. The NGO can then use the data obtained to make reference.
Team

Founding Story

The team worked on this project during a hackathon where we were supposed to using internet technology to empower people to make their voice heard. Our team won and we had some media coverage and eventually we were reached by some NGO's that work in the area of legislative openness. We then decided to build this application to empower Ghanaians.

Team

Alfred Ayobonte is the CEO of Ipharm: Alfred has a first degree in Computer Science. Cliffored Aboagye is the Product Development Officer of Ipharms, he has a background in Pharmacy and is responsible for getting the pharmacies on board. Gideon is the Business Lead of Ipharm; Gideon experience in growing early stage startups. David Mumuni has a degree in Computer Science and his role is developing the core application infrastructure.
About You
Organization:
Ipharm
About You
First Name

David

Last Name

Mumuni

About Your Project
Organization Name

Ipharm

How long has your organization been operating?

Project
Organization Country

, GA, Accra

Country where this project is creating social impact

, GA, Accra

Funding: How is your project financial supported?

Friends and family, NGOs.

Supplemental
Awards: What awards or honors has the project received?

None

Where have you learnt about the competition?

A friend

Tell us about your partnerships:
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?