Over the past year, iHub Research and Jesuit Hakimani Centre have been studying the impacts of Open Data on Kenyan grassroots communities as part of a multi-country, multi-year study supported by the World Wide Web Foundation and Canada’s International Development Research Center (IDRC) to understand how open data is being put to use in different countries and contexts across the developing world. Jesuit Hakimani Centre studied how far the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI) has been able to reach people in low income settlements, urban slums (Kibera - Nairobi, Majengo, Likoni – Mombasa) and rural (Isiolo). In particular, this study focused on how much the national open data initiative has increased public access to information on key social policies and services. Through user surveys, impact interviews and focus group discussions the project explored the various successes of the initiative, and where there are areas to improve its impact on marginalized communities in Kenya.
iHub Research explored open data technology intermediaries and the role that they play in facilitating impacts from open data, through an assessment of the value of these interventions in increasing the use of open data and affecting governance issues in Kenya. The study followed the post-implementation process of several Kenyan open data applications, including those created under the Code4Kenya program, an outreach initiative supporting intermediaries to work with datasets and to develop applications and services that make data more accessible and that promote transparency, accountability, citizen engagement and improved public service delivery.
In collaboration with the World Wide Web Foundation and Open Data Research Network, we like to invite you to attend a public, “Building Open Data Infrastructure and Strategies for Effective Citizen Engagement”, on 30th April 2014 from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at iHub – 4th Floor, Bishop Magua Building - George Padmore road, off Ngong Road
During this session that brings together, key government officials, the technology community, media, academia, and practitioners to discuss and debate, iHub and JHC will release key findings from these two yearlong case studies on the impact of open data on society in Kenya.