East African Open Data Fest: how research can support the regional community

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An amazing group of government leaders, civic tech, private sector and researchers gathered for the East African Open Data Fest in Nairobi. The vibrancy of the event and number of initiatives shows the progress made in the African open data community in recent years!

If we want to sustain this momentum and increase scale of our impact, we need to learn more from leading African organizations such as Code for Africa and Ushahidi. For instance, independent research can show how building data journalism can lead to reduced corruption and greater accountability in different African contexts.

In this sense, we are very excited that dozens of African organizations demonstrated interest in working with Open Data for Development in strengthening evidence-base that feeds into open data policy and practice.

Keep tuned as we run the evaluation of the open call for proposals and continue to consult with the Africa open data community on how research can strengthen African open data policies and its implementation.