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Kenya’s first sub-national Data Desk is a big deal for us.

We at the Open Institute are very excited as just this week we witnessed the launch of Kenya's first sub-national data desk in Elgeyo Marakwet County (EMC), famously known as…

Al Kags Joins GPSDD Technical Advisory Group

We at the Open Institute, are proud to announce that our Founder, Al Kags, has been invited to join the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) of the Global Partnership for Sustainable…

Kenya’s First County Data Desk Launched

Elgeyo Marakwet County is the first devolved unit in Kenya to establish a Data Desk, which is a government function that will collect, compile, analyze and disseminate the county’s data…

Celebrating Peter da Costa

We are very sad to learn of the passing of our friend, Peter da Costa. His death marks a huge loss for the development community globally and for us at…

Gender Dynamics in Mining: Why women don’t go into mines

In this article, we'll be looking into gender dynamics in the mining Sector based on our Extractives scoping study in various counties, we had the opportunity to meet with artisan…

Setting up Data Desks in Counties: Why we care about this.

Since 2013, we have been working together with counties and the World Bank in Kenya to develop systems to be transparent and engage citizens. The Open County Initiative provides a…

Gold Rush: Artisan Miners battle with underground water in search of wealth

In the last few weeks, we have travelled to different parts of Kenya to meet with artisan miners and listen to them tell us about their circumstances. We wanted to…

Participation must be meaningful for successful extractive projects

Public participation should not be just a way of ticking a box Communities in Lamu are united in its fervent opposition to the proposed coal plant that is to be…

The 15th CAADP Partnership Platform Meeting

The 15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)  Partnership Platform Meeting was held on from 9th - 14th June 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. This years theme was, "Enhancing trade and…

The 15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) Partnership Platform Meeting

The 15th Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP)  Partnership Platform Meeting was held on from 9th - 14th June 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. This years theme was, "Enhancing trade and…