FUNDERS & PARTNERS
The Civic Tech Innovation Network has been generously supported and funded by Luminate since 2018. Luminate is a global philanthropic organisation with the goal of empowering people and institutions to work together to build just and fair societies. Read more
The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a German political foundation committed to freedom, justice and solidarity. KAS has funded two CTIN projects in 2020;
- Strong Cities webinars at UrbanFest / CTIF 2020
- The African Civic Tech Case Studies Series
SACN has been collaborating with CTIN on a range of projects linking civic tech with urban governance issues and the work of the South African Council for City Data
CTIN was incubated from within JamLab which has made for conducive relations and Explorations from 2017 to May 2020. The Journalism and Media Lab (Jamlab) is a project of Wits Journalism and the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct.
Jamlab aims to support more and better innovation in journalism and media in Africa. Jamlab has online magazine and other digital platforms showcase innovations and innovators, share experiences of using new technologies and tools and provide access to research. Jamlab also hosts events that provide an opportunity to share experiences, knowledge, and learning. It also has an accelerator programme provides coaching, mentoring, working space, technical support and the opportunity to meet leaders in journalism and media as well as potential investors and partners.
Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct is a founding partner of CTIN which means that through the relationship with Tshimologong, CTIN has been able to leverage strong synergies across the domains of new technologies, journalism and media innovation, and social justice /civic activism. CTIN has also used Tshimologong services and space for our events.
With the guidance from the CTIN Reference Group, in May 2020 CTIN relocated from the administration and offices of the Journalism Department to the Wits School of Governance (the University of Witwatersrand remains as the host for the project). The move is in response to strategic shifts in Journalism as well as to opportunities to grow the project’s reach. Some members of the WSG academic team are currently assisting CTIN in its research project. The WSG is a leading regional institution in the arena of governance, policy and development management for the public sector.
The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) is Africa’s leading research-intensive university, and as such is a gateway to research engagement and intellectual achievement in Africa. Based upon the university’s commitment to contributing to society through research, teaching and social engagement, and encouraging its academics to be engaged public intellectuals, Wits has served as an incubator for CTIN. Through the University, CTIN enjoys access to the full range of Wits intellectual and organisational resources, as well as the established systems and facilities for effective programme management, including through Wits Enterprise where needed.