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Physical Address

Development Research and Training Lukka Mayanja Stretch(Off Ggaba RD., Opp Wavzend)P.O. Box 22459 Kampala, Uganda

Telephone

+256-41-4269495 / +256-39-3263629

Email Address

info@drt-ug.org

Web Address

drt-ug.org

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What is Open Development Data Uganda?

Opendevdata is being developed jointly by Development Research and Training and Development Initiatives. The use of this site to create a pilot joined up data portal has been made possible by a Grand Challenges grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Uganda was a little late to the global Open Data Movement, even though many actors had been involved in the old school transparency, openness and access to information initiatives for quiet sometime. Of late however, there is a budding open data movement of data producers, analysts, users and policy makers who are ensuring that data on development is available and accessible. With the increasing growth of the ICT industry, new players are joining the ecosystem every other day. App makers, government agencies, the donor community and the private sector are all realizing the importance of data in driving the socioeconomic development of Uganda. Despite the challenges that still exist, there is no doubt that the open development movement is on course to make information on development widely available for use.

This website is being developed jointly by Development Research and Training and Development Initiatives. The use of this site to create a pilot joined up data portal has been made possible by a Grand Challenges grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Mapping of open data actors has been done with the support of Indigo Trust Uk.

The major theme of the site is to promote interoperability of data and actors, to ensure that every dataset tells a story (read more on this here)

Objectives

Opendevdata was built to serve the following purposes:

  • Establishing and maintaining a learning space for players in open development to reflect and contribute to solving development challenges related to access and use of information.
  • Share development-oriented information and data for wider public usage.
  • Documenting best practices on application and impact of open development initiatives to peoples’ socio-economic and political wellbeing.
  • Enhancing citizens’ capacity to access and use information/data to effectively participate in development processes.

Expected outcomes

The open development programme will generate a range of positive outcomes for the government of Uganda, its citizens, academic institutions, civic organizations, development partners and the private sector actors among others. Some of these include:

  • Increased citizens’ voice and participation in governance of the country.
  • Increased effectiveness and efficiency in use of aid and development resource, especially towards national poverty reduction objectives.
  • Transparent decision-making processes and accountable public workers.

The Open development ecosystem in Uganda

There is a reason we went beyond the Open Definition in our approach. Ours is an ecosystem led approach which recognizes the unique context of our country. Technology, while it is improving still has a long way, social and digital divides, all are reasons we take an embracive approach where every stakeholder in the data chain is welcome to the table. Hence here you will find actors whose work may not be defined as "open data" and are important in reaching a future of fully fledged and operational open data initiatives.