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CANA 11th in Global Innovation Match's Round 2

2015 Global Innovation Week - Making All Voices Count.

 

THE CITIZEN ACTION NETWORK for Accountability (CANA) placed 11th of 30 nominees to finally compete for only 10 spots at the 2015 Global Innovation Week of the Making All Voices Count

After a crowd-sourced selection process which began in September 2014 for innovative ideas aimed to empower the poorest communities, CANA’s idea “Making Sure Goods and Services Get to those in Need” was also the leading idea in the Philippines from the 30 nominees. A total of 241 ideas were submitted to Making All Voices Count for this call, coming from countries apart from the Philippines such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Uganda, Kenya, Liberia, and Nigeria.

CANA’s idea is to help citizens use the basic of cell phones and open source software to monitor, report and help improve public services in communities affected by both natural and man-made disasters.

“CANA builds full understanding and ownership of public funds,” says in its idea. The project aims to provide the means for citizens to publicly organize around, monitor, track and spotlight the use of public funds for communities trying to go back from disasters, and eventually help combat fraud and mismanagement.

Publicly launched in July 2013, CANA believes that the more the citizens monitor and engage their government, the more accountable and effective this would be. It is a four-way collaboration between the IWPR, Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD), National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), and MindaNews with funding support from the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines.