Open Government

For close to 10 years, Kenya has been involved in the Open Government Partnership (OGP). OGP is a unique multilateral platform that draws together government and civil society as equal partners to identify and implement governance reforms leveraging technology to pro-actively raise transparency and accountability, facilitate citizen engagement and support anti-corruption efforts. Thus far, Kenya’s gains linked to the OGP include: the establishment of the Open Data Initiative (KODI), technological innovation linked to fast-speed internet and data availability, enactment of the Access to Information law and the rollout of the Beneficial Ownership Register.

Over the last 10 years, Kenyan civil society has remained active in the OGP platform and helped ensure the country fulfills its commitments as captured in three successive National Action Plans. Their commitment to the grand call of open governance has remained steady despite the challenge of political shocks, change of administrations, and shrinking civic space.

The Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) was one of five Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) representatives on the Kenya OGP Steering Committee overseeing the implementation of the third National Action Plan (NAP III) covering the 2018 – 2020 in collaboration with various government entities. In the current action plan (NAP 5), LDRI is co-leading the commitment on Data for Development with the Kenya Space Agency. The commitment brings signifcant ambition to budget transparency, satellite data and gender data over the life of the action plan. 

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