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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…

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…

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…

Completion of the Data Desk Training to Elgeyo Marakwet County’s Data Desk Fellows

We have just completed week’s training  (6th - 10th May 2019) with Data Fellows who have been identified by Elgeyo Marakwet County to lead the implementation activities of the Data…

Training of the Open County Initiative to Elgeyo Marakwet County sector data champions

In the last post on this series, we were commencing activities in Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties. We defined the Open County (OC) Initiative and argued that it provides a…

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…

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…

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…

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…