To create freely available public access to data on citizen protests in Africa.
This data will be easily accessible on the internet and via cell-phone and will afford citizens the ability to contribute to the analysis and reporting of on citizen protests. The creation of a citizen protest charter and the development of an ethics of citizen protest will be supported through capacity building programmes.
Over the past five years South Africa has experienced a growing phenomenon of citizen protests. These protests lack any ongoing tracking or analysis available in the public domain. The press alone has been unable to cover these protests comprehensively. There are newspaper articles on various events and citizen protests but they tend to lack any analysis. There is also a very costly proprietary service offering some coverage of the estimated 8 000 to 13 000 protests across Africa last year alone. This data is however not available to the public.
The creation of awareness and public discourse on citizen protests will enhance the legitimacy of this important form of democratic culture in Africa.