Responsive Government

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Integrating the Open County Initiative with Participatory Budgeting – a kickstart for Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet Counties.

Since the implementation of devolution through the 47 county governments commencing 2013, different counties have developed and implemented different models of public participation in the quest to enhance accountability and…

UPDATE: Download the Executive Order

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The Government should take a stronger leadership role in OGP

Recently, we participated in a national Open Government Partnership forum was held in Nairobi. This forum, organised by the Constitution and Reform Education Consortium (CRECO),  brought together civil society, academia,…

Can Co-Working on a Deadline Create Better Public Policy?

Four cities across the world are preparing to launch the "GovCombinator." Jean-Louis Sarbib (left), Dennis Whittle (middle) and Nathaniel Heller (right) are promoting a new process for solving city-level problems.…

Introducing the Badili Initiative

  We are happy to unveil Badili (Swahili for Change), which is an on-line resource to share stories and experiences, initiatives, content, and generally track progress on the data revolution in Africa. This initiative,…