Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2014
This description of Alejandro Maza Ayala's work was prepared when Alejandro Maza Ayala was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
Alejandro is proposing a new, intermediary-free process of public participation that connects governments to citizen knowledge using big data and innovative technologies. Alejandro leverages pre-established government commitments, works with local community members to gather information, and returns all information collected back to the community in order to contribute to the public knowledge base and empower local actors to make information-based demands of the government. This approach rebuilds the lost trust between communities and the government in an effort to create more effective social policies and incentivize local participation without intermediaries.
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