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University students in KP pitch innovative digital solutions to support the government

PYCA has provided financial and technical assistance to students to implement their ideas.
Updated Jul 05, 2019 11:50am

Pakistan Youth Change Advocates (PYCA), a local, civil society organisation, is focused on capacity building of university youth from Islamabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through its recent youth volunteerism program.

The program encourages the use of IT and mobile technologies to support the government in its efforts towards improved democratic governance.

This was initiated through a series of workshops, at the end of which university students were invited to submit ideas for their own e-solutions that could contribute to efficient public service, transparency, accountability and citizen participation.

PYCA has provided financial and technical assistance to selected students to implement their ideas.

1. PakGovMeter

Brainchild of students from the University of Peshawar, PakGovMeter is similar to existing initiatives like ObamaMeter and MorsiMeter.

PakGovMeter not only focuses on the head of the state, but also monitors the progress of the central and the provincial governments based on the promises and pledges documented in their respective election manifestos.

2. Taleem Monitor

Led by the students of the Institute of Management Sciences, this website aims to gather complaints against the state of schools, including but not limited to teacher absenteeism, ghost schools, corporal punishment, missing facilities etc.

The plan is to share information with relevant education departments every month to propel swift corrective measures.

Initially, the website will only focus on Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but with the support of PYCA, its outreach is expected to be made national in a year.

3. Sadiq Online

This website led by the students of City University Peshawar aims to eliminate corruption, bribery and abuse of power. At the same time, it helps identify honest individuals in government institutions.

The platform can highlight hotspots of corruption while keeping the reporter’s information anonymous.

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