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Open Government Fellow
Jessica Musila is a Policy Analyst and Communication Specialist passionate about addressing societal inequalities and ensuring the public has responsive governance. Ms. Musila is currently an independent public policy consultant with research interests in public participation in governance, open government, crisis communications, trade imbalances; anti-corruption efforts, Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) and advocacy campaigns focused on women, youth and children.
She has expansive experience in setting up and running of Parliamentary Monitoring initiatives leveraging on ICT having run Mzalendo.com in Kenya for 8 years. During her tenure the organisation became known for its Annual Reportcard on MPs performance, Peoples ‘Shujaaz’ Awards, Research on Youth, Women MPs and anti-corruption, the informative weekly Newsletter, Live Tweets of Plenary Business, the offline engagement via the #21516 Mobile phone short-code and Dokeza –dokeza.mzalendo.com – the bill annotation platform. The Mzalendo site – info.mzalendo.com – became a trendsetter in Africa, inspiring similar initiatives in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Uganda.
She has a BA in Communication and Community Development from Daystar University and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Erfurt, Germany.