Date: June 5, 2023

OpenUpSA and ICA joined hands to host a transformative Data & Digital Workshop, aimed at empowering the youth and fostering active public participation in the Bergrivier Municipality development.

The workshop was an exciting opportunity for the youth of Bergrivier to delve into the world of data, digital technology, and public participation. Participants were not only introduced to the concept of the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) but also learned how to leverage data to drive positive change within their community.

One of the highlights of the workshop was the introduction of a powerful tool created by OpenUpSA and ICA called the IDP Dashboard. This digital platform allows users to access and interact with the Bergrivier IDP in an innovative and user-friendly manner.

The youth enthusiastically engaged with the IDP Dashboard, exploring various aspects of their community’s development plan. This user-friendly tool made it easier than ever to understand the goals, priorities, and projects outlined in the IDP. With just a few clicks, participants could access valuable data and insights that were previously buried in lengthy documents.

The digitization of the IDP opened up new possibilities for public participation. Through the dashboard, the youth could provide feedback, suggest improvements, and even propose their own ideas for community development. This newfound accessibility and transparency in governance have the potential to strengthen the relationship between the local government and the citizens it serves.

The workshop was not just about technology; it was about empowerment. Bergrivier’s youth left the event with a deeper understanding of their community’s development goals and a newfound sense of agency.

The collaboration between OpenUpSA, ICA, and the local government of Bergrivier is a shining example of how digital innovation can bridge the gap between citizens and their government. It demonstrates that when communities are equipped with the right tools and information, they can play a vital role in building a brighter future for themselves.

As we reflect on this transformative workshop, we are reminded that the power of data and digital technology lies not just in their capabilities but in their ability to empower and engage individuals and communities. Bergrivier’s youth are now poised to be active participants in the development journey of their town, and with initiatives like these, we can look forward to a more inclusive and prosperous future for all.

Stay tuned for more updates on how Bergrivier continues to harness the power of data and digital innovation to drive positive change in the community. Together, we can create a brighter, more empowered tomorrow.