What Problems Keep People Awake At Night?
Code for Kenya uses data to give citizens hyper-local and hyper-personal information to make better informed decisions about bread & butter issues.
Code for Kenya also builds technology tools to amplify citizen voices.
We empower citizens.
Strong democracies rely on engaged citizens who have actionable information and easy-to-use channels for making their will known. We support civic watchdogs, government and social enterprises to meaningfully engage with citizens.
Our society is asymmetric.
The balance of power rests with government and corporate institutions, at the expense of citizens, where citizens are treated as passive recipients of consultation or services. We build actionable data and action-orientated tools that give ‘agency’ to citizens.
By the people, for the people.
We build ecosystems, because creating digital democracies is too big a task for any one organisation. We invest into existing communities and partners, and reuse existing tools and standards, because all of our work is better if we are all connected.
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What’s the data behind the story? HURUmap gives infomediaries like journalists and civic activists an easy ‘plug & play’ toolkit for finding and embedding interactive data visualisations into their storytelling. HURUmap’s underlying data is quality-checked, from reputable official sources including the government Census, PEPFAR and Uwezo.
Is your doctor a quack? Are you being overcharged for medicines? Where is your nearest medical specialist? HealthTools give citizens localised answers to everyday health challenges via SMS and the web to help the mwananchi get the best medical care. Data is from reputable official sources, with additional crowd verification.
Is electricity penetration in Kenya 40% or 27%? Is Kenya’s unemployment rate really 10%? What is the real pupil to teacher ratio in the country? Public leaders and journalists often get it wrong, leaving the public and policy makers with incorrect information. PesaCheck’s data-driven fact-checking tackles the problem.
Government data is only one side of the story. Where’s all the comparative data from academic think tanks, civil society researchers, and citizen data initiatives? openAFRICA is the continent’s largest platform for independent data, with a strong Kenyan collection from the nation’s leading non-government data creators.
Taxpayers struggle to understand how government spends their hard-earned money. Mwananchi also struggle to help government understand what citizens’ real priorities or needs are. africanSPENDING offers a suite of interactive tools that support civic engagement around public finance data, strengthening participatory governance.
Why is everyone reinventing the wheel? Massive amounts of money and time are being wasted on rebuilding solutions for digital democracies and open data. africanCOMMONS showcases carefully selected best-of-breed open source civic technologies that have already been ‘battle tested’ elsewhere, for possible re-use in Kenya.
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