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Publish open data to spur innovation in public service delivery and development (KE0026)



Action Plan: Kenya Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Kenya Space Agency, ICT Authority, Council of Governors, Office of the Controller of Budget,

Support Institution(s): Other actors involved – Government Office of the Deputy President, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), Office of Controller of Budget, State Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Surveys, Department of Resource Surveys and Remote Sensing (DRSRS), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO), Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD), National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), National Disaster Operations Centre, National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), National Land Commission (NLC) and Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC). Other actors involved – CSOs, private sector, working groups, multilaterals etc. Local Development Research Institute (LDRI), Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), ESRI, Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa), Geospatial Society of Kenya (GeoSK), Women in GIS, Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), United Nations Development Programme, Food and Agriculture Organization, CODATA, Data Trace International Ltd and LocateIT Ltd.

Policy Areas

Access to Information, Automated Decision-Making, Capacity Building, Digital Governance, E-Government, Gender, Land Rights & Spatial Planning, Local Commitments, Marginalized Communities, Open Data, Public Service Delivery, Science & Technology

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


We will lower the barrier and increase access to timely, affordable, up-to-date, and accurate data for socioeconomic development in order to reduce inequality and improve evidence-based decision-making for enhanced service delivery.

Objectives Promote transparent and accountable use of publicly funded research data for open science to spur innovation and knowledge creation, public expenditures, Earth Observations and geo-spatial information to enable academia, citizens, innovators and other data communities harness its capability for use in the areas of health, agriculture, water, physical and land-use planning, disaster management, natural resources management, environmental conservation and climate change.

Status quo Analysis-ready Earth Observations Data - datasets that have been processed to allow analysis with minimum additional user effort and infrastructure - and information are currently not easily available or accessible to data communities such as farmers, planners, surveyors, health workers, academia and first responders in disaster. Data on public expenditures and location of capital projects in datasets that are also analysis-ready and can be used by both government and non-state actors is also not easy to find. County planning is guided by Section 102-115 of the County Government Act, 2012. County Governments are required to prepare a 5-year County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) that informs annual budget of a county, a 10-year County Sectoral Plan, a 10-year County Spatial Plan, and city and municipal plans based on geographic information system (GIS). Clause 105 (f), in particular, obligates counties to establish a GIS based database system to be used as a tool for planning and implementation of development programmes in order to ensure inequalities in resource allocation are addressed. However, these requirements are currently at disparate levels of implementation. Further, current Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience interventions at national and sub-national level are not supported by accurate and timely data.

Ambition The initiative will help provide affordable access to analysis-ready data in open standards, including publishing, and where possible disaggregated to include gender, minorities etc. The intent is to publish and share algorithms for re-use, through openly accessible platforms. This will enable decision makers and innovators leverage on open data to create products and services that are more context specific to cater for service gaps to farmers, policy makers, health workers in aid of every day decision making and action. The infrastructure will also be repurposed to ensure adequate disaster preparedness, faster response and recovery

No. Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfill commitment Status of milestone Start Date End Date 1. Regularly update the Kenya Open Data portal Ongoing February 2021 May 2022 2. Include GIS information of capital projects in County budgets Ongoing February 2021 May 2022 3. Establish conditional grant to support development of geographic information system laboratories (GIS Labs), and digitization of development control New February 2021 May 2022 4. Support development and implementation of Spatial Plans through technical assistance, capacity building and sensitization, infrastructure development and data provision in at least five Counties New February 2021 May 2022 5. Integrate use of analysis-ready data for development and disaster risk reduction Ongoing February 2021 May 2022 6. Support the implementation of a Disaster Early Warning System New February 2021 May 2022 7. Develop demand driven market for dissemination of simplified data products for decision making and action for different data communities (Governments, Civil Society, citizens) New February 2021 May 2022 8. Open Research Data-Open science to accelerate Knowledge creation and Innovation (CODATA) New June 2021 May 2022 9. Development of Data Policies, Data Management Plans for at least five counties New June 2021 May 2022


  1. Create public beneficial ownership register

    KE0024, 2020, Access to Information

  2. Implement e-government system adopting Open Contracting Data Standard

    KE0025, 2020, Access to Information

  3. Publish open data to spur innovation in public service delivery and development

    KE0026, 2020, Access to Information

  4. Increase efforts to promote public participation in the legislative process

    KE0027, 2020, Civic Space

  5. Apply County Peer Review Mechanism to improve public service delivery

    KE0028, 2020, E-Government

  6. Implement Access to Information Act

    KE0029, 2020, Access to Information

  7. Implement legislation to increase access to justice

    KE0030, 2020, Access to Justice

  8. Build institutional support of OGP

    KE0031, 2020, Capacity Building

  9. Beneficial Ownership

    KE0018, 2018, Access to Information

  10. Open Contracting

    KE0019, 2018, Access to Information

  11. Open Geo-Spatial Data for Development

    KE0020, 2018, Access to Information

  12. Public Participation

    KE0021, 2018, Capacity Building

  13. Governance Indices

    KE0022, 2018, Capacity Building

  14. Open Government Resiliency

    KE0023, 2018, Capacity Building

  15. More Transparent and Participatory Development of Climate Polices at the National and Subnational Level

    KE0010, 2016, Access to Information

  16. Enhancing Preventive and Punitive Mechanisms in the Fight Against Corruption and Unethical Practices

    KE0011, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  17. Enhance Transparency in the Legislative Process

    KE0012, 2016, E-Government

  18. Publish Oil and Gas Contracts

    KE0013, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  19. Starred commitment Ensure Greater Transparency Around Bids and Contracts

    KE0014, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  20. Create Transparent Public Procurement Process, Public Oversight of Expenditure and Ensure Value-For-Money Towards Citizen Priorities

    KE0015, 2016, Access to Information

  21. Improving Access to Government Budget Information and Creating Wider and More Inclusive Structures for Public Participation

    KE0016, 2016, E-Government

  22. Starred commitment Enhance Right to Information

    KE0017, 2016, Access to Information

  23. Starred commitment Improving Transparency in Electoral Processes: 1.A. Definition of Electoral Boundaries and Name.

    KE0001, 2012, Media & Telecommunications

  24. Improving Transparency in Electoral Processes: 2.B. Voting Information Online

    KE0002, 2012, Access to Information

  25. Promoting Public Participation: 1.B. End-To-End Service Delivery Portal

    KE0003, 2012, E-Government

  26. Promoting Public Participation: 1.D. Public Complaints Portal

    KE0004, 2012, E-Government

  27. Promoting Public Participation: 2.C. Kenya Action Plan Online

    KE0005, 2012, Public Participation

  28. Promoting Public Participation: 1.C. Open Data Portal

    KE0006, 2012, Access to Information

  29. Starred commitment Improving Transparency in the Judiciary: 2.A. Public Vetting of Judges and Case Allocation System

    KE0007, 2012, E-Government

  30. Open Budgets: 3.a. Improve Kenya's OBI Index

    KE0008, 2012, Fiscal Openness

  31. Open Budgets: 3.B. Increase Public Participation in Budgetary Processes

    KE0009, 2012, Access to Information

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