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)
Opendevdata was built to serve the following purposes:
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:
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.