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Research project: How open data could contribute to poverty eradication in Kenya and Uganda through its impacts on resource allocation

While the open data movement is relatively new in Eastern Africa many of the the issues that this movement seeks to address are age-old: include transparency, accountability, equity, and the relevance, effectiveness and efficiency of governance. Using case studies from Uganda and Kenya this project has carried out research on the evolution of the open data movement in the two countries and has assessed the role that the movement plays in the equitable allocation of financial resources for the eradication of extreme and chronic poverty. Besides the role that existing and emerging open data processes in the two countries may be playing in promoting citizen/public engagement and the allocation of resources, the project examined possible negative impacts that may emerge due to the “digital divide” between those who have access to data (and technology) and those who do not. The project explored the extent to which access to data translates to effective use (or not) particularly in instances where human and financial resources and capacities are lacking, contributing to understanding of the specific efforts required to ensure “effective use” emerges from “open data”.

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ODDC Dissemination of the Uganda/Kenya case study: Highlights

Representatives of Government, NGOs and CSOs, Donors, Academia, tech community and community-based actors converged at Hotel African in Kampala on June 5, 2014 to discuss the findings of the ODDC case study, “How open data could contribute to poverty eradication in Kenya and Uganda through its impacts on resource allocation”. The study set out to Compare Kenya And Uganda On Open Data, Transparency And Accountability And Poverty Eradication by studying a set of open data initiatives in both countries.

Going beyond the ‘Open Definition’ in the Uganda case study

By Bernard Sabiti

The Uganda/Kenya ODDC case study seeks to answer two major research questions namely;

1. How open data initiatives in the two countries are contributing to poverty reduction through impacts on resource mobilization

2. How  the contribution of open data initiatives to poverty reduction resources allocations could be strengthened in the future?