A trend we’ve been keeping track of at Indigo is the growing popularity of constitution apps. Constitution apps provide citizens with an easily accessible copy of their country’s constitution. This is a useful resource for several groups of people: citizens gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities, lawyers have access to a useful professional resource and politicians can challenge each other to fulfil their legal role.
A while back, we did a sweep of apps available in Africa. In those few months, the number on the market has more than doubled. Apps are available across a range of platforms – Android, iOS, Blackberry etc – and across quite a wide range of countries. Apps have popped up in countries where ICT is already strong like Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria. They have also emerged those where adoption of apps for development is still relatively new like Niger, Benin and Togo.
It remains to be seen how successful all of these apps will be or the impact they will have. However, the evolution of functionality we’re see in apps available is encouraging. Kenya Mpya provides a constitution app with additional information on constituencies, MPs and acts as a comprehensive political information source. 233Law in Ghana allows users to ask questions to other users, to pose queries to lawyers and hopes to add an ‘ask your MP’ functionality soon.
At Indigo, we’re always keen for opportunities to keep on top of new and exciting developments. If you know any interesting projects in this area, let us know.