VotoMobile is a Ghana-based technology start-up that helps business, governments and non-governmental organizations conduct surveys via voice messaging or SMS. The aim is to reach as many people as possible with important information and questions. For example, local governments can use VotoMobile to invite the rural population to municipal assemblies or votes via SMS – and thus open up political participation to more people. In 2013, for example, a nationwide survey was conducted to assess the availability of water, gas and electricity.
Currently, VotoMobile is used by more than 200 organizations, including the World Bank and UNICEF, in 20 countries and is mainly active in Ghana, Nigeria and Uganda.
Political participation is important not only at the ballotbox, but also in numerous municipal decision-making processes, such as local infrastructure issues. But this is particularly difficult to achieve in rural areas.