Technological Platform for Civic Engagement and Improved Health Systems

Reporting Organization:Unite de sante internationale-Universite de Montreal
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 3,777,145
Timeframe: August 29, 2017 - July 31, 2021
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Unspecified

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Unite de sante internationale-Universite de Montreal

Participating Organizations


Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

Return to top


Country - Total Budget Allocation

Congo (DRC) - $ 1,261,566.43 (33.40%)

Benin - $ 1,257,789.29 (33.30%)

Burkina Faso - $ 1,257,789.29 (33.30%)

Return to top

Areas of Focus

Other - Total Budget Allocation

Human Rights, Advocacy & Public Engagement (50 %)

Law, Governance & Public Policy (50 %)

Return to top


The purpose of this project is to improve the health care systems for and by women and those most in need. The goal is to improve citizen engagement and to make public institutions more responsive to people’s needs and rights through a technological platform. The initiative favours targeted zones (urban and rural): (1) citizen and health officers freely expressing their opinions about their health system using new technologies, including mobile applications, text message platforms, blogs and wikis; (2) use of helpful and useable data by local institutions and by national decision makers to improve health systems and make them more democratic; (3) improved advocacy to make the health systems in the three countries better adapted to the needs of women and those most in need. The project’s activities include the following: (1) conducting social integration activities and awareness campaigns to empower the people, notably women and those most in need, in terms of using technology; (2) training local institutions so they can collect, analyze and transmit information regarding health services to the people; (3) developing technologies (mobile application for smartphones and tablets, automated information-sharing module) to allow users to express their opinions about the health system, to allow staff to register complaints and to allow decision makers to better understand the people’s needs and grievances; (4) developing a text message platform that allows people to access information on the health system’s services and access, including rights to health; (5) training and coaching non-governmental organizations and public institutions to facilitate policy dialogue in order to provide better access to health services that meet people’s needs.

Return to top

Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adult men
Total Direct Population: Unspecified
Return to top



Return to top

Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The expected intermediate outcomes for this project include: (1) enhanced equitable and inclusive participation in democratic decision-making processes, especially by women and marginalized groups, through the use of technology; (2) increased use of technology by people, especially women and marginalized groups, to hold their governments to account; and (3) increased responsiveness of public institutions to the diverse needs and rights of people, especially women and marginalized groups, through the use of technology.

Achieved Results



  • None Selected
Return to top
Return to top

Associated Projects (If applicable)

Return to top