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Research project: Investigating the Impact of Kenya’s Open Data Initiative on Marginalized Communities: Case Study of Urban Slums and Rural Settlements
In 2011, Kenya’s Government launch an Open Data Initiative making public a wide range of public datasets through the opendata.go.ke portal. The site has been accessed thousands of times, and a number of application have been built with the data. This study looked at how far the initiative has been able to reach people in urban slums and rural settlements. It explored on how far the open data initiative has increased public access to information on key social policies and services. Through surveys, interviews and focus group discussions the project has explored where the initiative has been successful, and where there are areas to improve it’s impact on marginalised communities in Kenya.
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 count
Findings show only 14 per cent of those interviewed use platform that makes State data accessible to public. Two years after the launch of the open data initiative, majority of Kenyans do not know how to use it, a study has revealed.
Jesuit Hakimani, a research body, says that most Kenyans do not know of the open data Government portal.
As a result, they have not used it. Only 14 per cent of the people interviewed use the resourceful portal.
The questions of how to measure the impact of making data open continues to dominate debates at the 2013 Open Government Partnership summit. From the civil societies to private sector to public sector, the social, economic and political value of “the open” appears to be the fulcrum on which arguments hinge.
Jesuit Hakimani Centre report on early findings from mapping out how open data might reach marginalised communities and impact governance.