On July 8 2011, President Mwai Kibaki launched the Kenya Open Data Initiative, making key government data freely available to the public through a single online portal. The 2009 census, national and regional expenditure, and information on key public services are some of the first datasets to be released. The website is a user-friendly platform that allows for visualizations and downloads of the data and easy access for software developers. Indeed, tools and applications have already been built to take this data and make it more useful than it originally was.
Kenya is the first developing country to have an open government data portal, the first in sub-Saharan Africa and second on the continent after Morocco. The initiative has been widely acclaimed globally as one of the most significant steps Kenya has made to improve governance and implement the new Constitution’s provisions on access to information. As of November 2011, there are close to 390 datasets that have been uploaded to the site, with a plan currently in place to upload more data over the next year. There have been over 17,000 page views and over 2,500 dataset downloaded and embedded to various websites and portals. There are now over a hundred requests from the public for new datasets, and there is a clear demand for more data to be made available.
Kenya's information is a national asset, and this site is about sharing it. The goal of opendata.go.ke is to make core government development, demographic, statistical and expenditure data available in a useful digital format for researchers, policymakers, ICT developers and the general public.
Ministry of Information and Communications
The Ministry of Information and Communications was constituted in June 2004. The mandate of the Ministry is as derived from Presidential Circular No. 1/2007 of January 2007 which includes Information Policy, Communication Policy, Film Development Policy, Dissemination of Public Information, Development of National Communications Capacity, Development of the Film Industry, Public Relation Services, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication, Kenya Film Censorship Board, Kenya Film Commission, Communications Commission of Kenya, Postal Corporation of Kenya, National Communications Secretariat, Communications Appeal Tribunal, Telkom Kenya Limited, Kenya College of Communications Technology and Gilgil Telecommunications Industries.
The Ministry's vision is that Kenya will become a world class centre of excellence in ICT and its mission is to facilitate ICT development in Kenya.
functions of the Ministry are to: Formulate ICT Policy; Implement ICT policies; Facilitate Development of ICT in Kenya; Regulate consumption of films in Kenya; Facilitate a conducive work environment, health and safety; Encourage the development of ICT capacity in the country; Formulate and implement film policy; Develop capacity in mass media; Enhance Public Access to Information; Disseminate public information; Promote Film production in the country; Inform, educate and entertain Kenyans; Promote a positive image of the Government and License local and international film-makers.
Kenya ICT Board
The Kenya ICT Board was established by HE President Mwai Kibaki, as a state corporation under the State Corporations Act Cap. 446 on 19th February 2007.
The achievement of an information-based society is one of the main priorities of the Government towards the realization of national development goals and objectives for wealth and employment creation.ICT is one of the fastest growing sectors in the country. Harnessing of ICTs will therefore help the Government to realize a number of its key public policy objectives. In general, ICT will contribute significantly to the process by improving government operations as outlined in the e-government strategy.
The Kenya ICT Board vision is that Kenya will become a top ten global ICT hub by 2030.
The Kenya ICT Board mandate is to:
- Market: Positioning and promoting Kenya as an ICT destination (locally and internationally), especially promoting Business process Outsourcing (BPO) and Offshoring.
- Advise: Advise the government on all relevant matters pertaining to the development and promotion of ICT industries in the country.
- Build Capacity: Providing government and other stakeholders with skills, capacity and funding for anchor implementation of ICT projects for development.
- Manage Projects: Coordinating, directing and implementing anchor ICT projects in development.
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics
KNBS is a Semi-Autonomous Government Agency established by an Act of Parliament — the Statistics Act, 2006.
KNBS's core mandate includes:
- Collection of statistical information
- Compilation of statistical information
- Analysis of statistical information
- Publication and dissemination of statistical information for public use
- Coordinating, monitoring and supervising the National Statistical System (NSS)
The Bureau maintains the National Sampling Survey and Evaluation Programme (NASSEP), which provides the framework for designing household surveys to generate different forms of household based data. It maintains a Master File of all establishments in the country. The Master File provides a framework of collecting establishment based data.
KNBS has an elaborate infrastructure for data collection, which includes District Statistical Officers and trained enumerators in every district. The Bureau is also the custodian of all government statistical information, and for this it maintains a database of all national surveys including National Population and Housing Censuses. KNBS is organized into six Directorates, each headed by a Director.
The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world. Our mission is to fight poverty with passion and professionalism for lasting results and to help people help themselves and their environment by providing resources, sharing knowledge, building capacity and forging partnerships in the public and private sectors. We provide low-interest loans, interest-free credits and grants to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include investments in education, health, public administration, infrastructure, financial and private sector development, agriculture and environmental and natural resource management.
Pillars of these efforts include:
- Results: Together, we are continuing to sharpen our focus on helping developing countries deliver measurable results.
- Reform: New reforms at the World Bank Group are aimed at improving every aspect of our work: the way projects are designed (investment lending), how information is made available (access to information), and how our staff are deployed to best assist governments and communities (decentralization).
- Open Development: The World Bank is leading the effort toward openness and transparency in development by offering a wealth of tools and knowledge to provide people with the resources they need to help solve the world's development challenges. In 2010, the Bank launched a new Open Data website, providing free access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe.
Socrata is the leading developer and provider of Open Data Services, a category of cloud-based Web 2.0 solutions that enable federal, state, and local governments to dramatically improve the reach, usability and usefulness of their public information assets.
The Socrata Open Data PlatformTM optimizes the management and timely dissemination of relevant information and data-driven services to citizen, professional and internal government audiences, in self-service mode and across multiple channels. Information assets include tabular data, geospatial data, unstructured content and real-time data from government transactional systems of record.
Socrata customers include cities such as Seattle, Edmonton, Chicago and Baltimore, states such as Oregon, Illinois and Oklahoma, and federal agencies such as Medicare, SAMHSA and GSA (Data.gov). Socrata is a private company, based in Seattle, Washington, with venture financing from Frazier Technology Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures. To learn more about Socrata, visit www.socrata.com.
- Why is Kenya making data available?
Making this data easily accessible is important for three key reasons:
- It's a platform for innovation, that will generate economic and social value: from savings and efficiencies within government, service delivery improvements and citizen feedback systems to new wealth and jobs generated in the private sector.
- It enables data-driven decision making: parliamentarians, policy makers, civil society organisations and individuals can see progress and make accurate, informed decisions on issues that affect people's lives.
- It's the foundation for improving transparency and accountability: the data includes detailed, timely information on the operations of government, the results of the work it does and the opportunities that exist for improving the country.
- What data is available?
As of November 2011, there are over 390 datasets including the complete 2009 census, national budget data, nation and county public expenditure data, information on health care and school facilities. See the Data Catalogue for a full list of what is available.
- Who can use this data?
In short, anybody is free to use this data for commercial or non-commercial purposes. See the terms and conditions for a more detailed explanation.
- How can I use this data?
This site is intended to initially have something for everyone:
- There are maps and county fact sheets that will let you quickly see data in a convenient form.
- The charts and tables on the site are dynamic and can be customised with filters and queries to answer your particular questions.
- Finally, the raw data is available for download and accessible via an API so technical users and developers can analyse data and use it to build applications for the web and mobile.
If you've got ideas for the site, want to contribute data or simply have a question that's not covered here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org