About Us

Penplusbytes is a leading African organization experienced in offering learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring of journalists and media organization in ICT Journalism. For the past ten years, Penplusbytes has successfully conducted a number of key studies, capacity building programmes and projects on ICTs and governance.

In 2008 Penplusbytes established the ground breaking African Elections Project with the vision of enhancing the ability of journalists, citizen journalists and the news media to provide more timely and relevant elections information and knowledge while undertaking monitoring of specific and important aspects of governance. African Elections Project uses social media tools and platforms to develop capacity and to monitor the governance process prior to, during and after the election process.

This monitoring involves citizens in the use of social media tools and platforms to inform the electorate on the implementation and impact of campaign promises, manifestos through the different tiers of government - local, state/regional and federal. Social media has a potential for social and political inclusion. The project leverages the free, fair and unbiased media and the crucial role they play in elections such as providing impartial information that do not inflame the passions of the electorate. The rationale behind the project is to take specific steps needed to avert possible crisis in African Elections. African Elections Project (www.africanelections.org) has covered elections in Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mauritania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Togo and Niger.

The “Enabling Governance and Economic Transparency in Ghana using New Media” is being coordinated by Penplusbytes working with the Institute of Local Government Studies (ILGS) and with funding from African Technology Transparency Initiative (ATTI)