Active Citizenship

Our approach is defined by our belief that citizens own governments and therefore they should have the agency and confidence to speak up and use their voice to direct public projects. 

We give the analogy of a shop. If you establish a shop and you employ me to keep the shop, you would frequently track inventory and look at the books in detail. So too must citizens look at public records.

In turn, governments at all levels must be open and allow citizens to review its records. 

Some of our projects

Subnational Citizen Engagement

We build citizen capacity to use data for better engagement with government and other stakeholders

Open Extractives

We recognise artisanal small scale mining potential and the need to create a conducive ecosystem to foster its development.

Community Monitoring

We created Nuru as a tool to crowdsource observations about how citizens are coping in the exceptionally difficult circumstances brought on by the virus

The Ability Programme

We aim to gather data around the Nairobi Central Business District and clearly mark out how accessible these every day environments really are


Team Behind Active Citizenship Programme

The dynamic and dedicated team that executes the ins and outs of all our programmes

I have been responsible for establishing the Data scraping and wrangling division at the Open Institute, as well as contributed to the creation of grass-roots data literacy training modules. I believe that an informed person makes better choices.

Benjamin Charagu

Operations & Programme Director

I am a human rights and development professional with over 5 years experience in advocacy and supporting the coordination and implementation of donor funded projects in human rights, governance and development in Kenya. I am passionate about active citizen participation and advancing the rights of women.

Ivy Gathu

Programme Officer

I am a legal expert in extractives, and have carried out several projects in Kenya’s extractive industry including, developing a transparency and accountability framework for Kenya’s extractive industry, developing proactive disclosure guidelines for extractive companies in Kenya amongst others.

Jonah Mngola

Programme Manager, Extractives

I lead and consult on projects surrounding universal design and accessibility best practices in order to achieve inclusive transport and infrastructure. With a focus on how SDG 10 (reduced inequalities) and SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) disproportionately affects PWDs.

Crystal Asige

Programme Manager, Ability


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