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Announcing Nuru, a community monitoring tool during the COVID-19 pandemic

We are excited to announce Nuru (Kiswahili for light), a tool that is designed to empower citizen community monitoring to crowdsource observations about how they are coping in the exceptionally…

Moving Together: Managing Urban Mobility During Covid-19

On 5th May 2020, the Open Institute supported The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and World Health Organisation (WHO) along with SLoCaT Partnership,…

COVID19 and its Impact on Access to Education

(Image from Standard Digital) During the early days of the  Coronavirus disease outbreak, the Government of Kenya announced that all primary and secondary schools were to be closed and learners…

Impact of COVID-19 on Kenyans With Disabilities

On 16th April 2020, the Open Institute through the Ability Programme hosted an online Persons with Disabilities Brainstorm meeting to share and understand the key challenges relating to PWDs and…

Announcing Shiriki, an open marketplace for ideas, innovations & initiatives fighting COVID-19

As part of our efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to announce the Shiriki initiative. Shiriki (Kiswahili for Partnership) is a platform that is designed to…

Ending 2019: What we know now

As the year 2019 comes to a close, we are in a reflective state. This year was for us so transitory, that we intentionally deferred our strategic planning for the…

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…

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…

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…