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Restoring Data Rights Post-COVID-19 Crisis – Virtual Meeting

We are excited to have partnered with Data Ready to convene a virtual meeting to plan engagements with governments around the world regarding how data rights will be safeguarded when…

Building Trust in Citizen Generated Data – what we have learnt

Today I attended a meeting organized at the Ford Foundation offices by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. The major part of the conversation was to consider the recommendations…

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 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…

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…

Citizen Generated Data vs. Official Statistics

Should Citizen Generated Data be official? If not, does it make it any less essential? There is a tension that has existed in the past few years about the co-existence…

Period Zero: A necessity for successful programmes and where we are now

A few years ago, at the Africa Open Data Conference, I spoke about the value of "Period Zero" in the planning and development of programmes. I was talking about the…

My experience at the 2nd UN Data Forum

The 2nd UN Data Forum was well attended in the beautiful City of Dubai. The participants came from across the globe and brought a wealth of knowledge and colorful culture…

Sting like a mosquito

This blog post is inspired by a mosquito that looked like it was on its first rodeo, as I stared at the ceiling of the (barely) 2 star hotel room…

2016 was a great year, 2017 is going to be even more amazing!