Interactive SMS services to influence local governance

Send an SMS to your local MP (Member of Parliament) demanding action on an issue. Bunge SMS in Kenya is a mobile phone-based service by Made in Kenya Network that combines the internet and mobile telephony with the aim of empowering every Kenyan to influence local governance in their constituencies. People can report corruption, violence and environmental degradation, influence constituency project choices and monitor development activities. This service provides Members of Parliament and other stakeholders in each of the 210 constituencies with a source of timely information on the needs and desires of voters.

The SMS can be sent to a dedicated short code number. For instance, one constituent texted saying - "Kilome security is so bad. people r being killed by gangs armed with guns and as our mp u have kept quiet. we need your help."