MembaO

This project was implemented while I was working as the Country Manager at Code for Sierra Leone The project is one of the 22 projects across Africa selected for funding by the innovateAFRICA fund, which is managed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Omidyar Network

About the Project

MembaO! aims to create a data driven platform that promotes transparency, provides online access to parliamentary records and enables citizens to learn more about the specific policies and manifestos of the parliament aspirants for the upcoming 2018 elections.

The Objectives of the Platform

  1. Provide access to electronic copies of the hansard from the Parliament, which would include access to the attendance and voting record of different parliamentarians

  2. Allow parliamentary candidates to disseminate information about their policy positions and manifestos to the general public at large via social as well as traditional media outlets

  3. Map out the manifestos, policy positions and agendas of the various MP candidates via text and graphical analysis tools and disseminate this information to a wide range of potential voters,thereby allowing civil society organisations and concerned stakeholders the tools to carry out a wide range of analysis on this data

  4. Stream debates and discussions between the various parliament aspirants for the 2018 elections

The First Prototype of the Project

The following screenshots are the first prototypes of the application

Front Page of MembaO Application
Front Page of MembaO Application
Accessing All Bills Tabulated at Parliament
Accessing All Bills Tabulated at Parliament
Information on Parliament Committees
Information on Parliament Committees

The Current Challenges with the Project

Getting access to the historical records of the parliamentarian’s attendance is turning out to be difficult, given the political climate in the country due to the upcoming elections in 2018. Therefore, the application is being pivoted towards one under which the main focus would be on providing the citizens with information about who the candidates from their constituency are.

Project Goals Until April 2018

  • Upload information on all individual legislators who get elected to the new parliament session

  • Regularly upload legislative proposals

  • Regularly publish information about the voting pattern of parliamentarians