Understanding how open dta could impact resource allocation for poverty eradication in Kenya and Uganda

December 06, 2016 by Charles Lwanga-Ntale, Beatrice Mugambe, Bernard Sabiti, Peace Nganwa

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Using case studies from Uganda and Kenya Development Research and Training (DRT) and Development Initiatives (DI) carried out research on the evolution of the open data movement in the two countries and assessed the role that the movement plays in the equitable allocation of financial resources for eradication of extreme and chronic poverty. Besides the role that existing and emerging open data processes in the two countries may be playing in promoting citizen/public engagement and the allocation of resources, the study set out to examine the possible negative impacts that might be emerging due to the “digital divide” between those who have access to and technology and therefore data and those who do not. Further, we sought to establish the extent to which access to data translates to effective use or not particularly in instances where human and financial resources and capacities are lacking. The study generally aimed to contribute to the understanding of which specific efforts are required to ensure “effective use”, which is the most important outcome of “open data”.