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Pipeline strategy: !
To build a self-sustaining
ecosystem, you need
that support the
germination and growth
of open data champions. !
Our 'pipeline' strategy
uses a modular approach
to provide incremental
access to resources,
skills, support systems,
and various acceleration
CfAfrica currently supports 90 active projects
across Africa, ranging from camera drones
and citizen reporter apps, to fact-checking &
plagiarism verification platforms, + advanced
forensic data analysis, data visualization &
geo-narrative platforms, and newsroom
All 90+ of CfAfrica’s partner projects are built with open source code that
your newsroom can immediately re-use … free of charge.
Tools need to be
be meaningful. They
should help citizens
decipher & navigate
the complex forces
shaping their worlds.
They should support
public discourse &
A data-driven application that helped
citizens find their election registration
centers, and then helped track polling
results, plus allowed them to send 'peace
messages' to fellow voters.
A suite of data-driven tools that help
citizens check if their doctors are in
'good standing', whether their
treatment / prescriptions will be
covered by health insurance, and
where their nearest medical specialists
A data-driven application that helps
parents track & compare academic
performance at schools, as well as
identify schools their children will be
channelled into, based on
Liberating Data: !
By digitizing documents and knowledge
within media, academia, and civil society,
we're turning 'deadwood' archives into new
digital 'structured data' resources, with open
APIs to allow for 3rd party re-use.
! sourceAFRICA + connectedAFRICA - turning
parliamentary, newsroom & university
archives into machine readable data
Building the Backbone:!
Much like the railways powered industrialisation, Africa
needs data infrastructure, including data and code
repositories, and an AfricanCommons resource hub.
We've adopted a modular, community-centric approach.
! openAFRICA.net - the continent's largest
volunteer-run open data respository
Forensic Tools / Research Desks: !
Tracking money, deciphering contracts, and pinning down
company ownership is difficult. ID creates a centralized
research team to help newsrooms / transparency activists.
Most African media
don’t believe that
granular data exists -
and even if it does,
they believe it is too
citizens to use
ease-of-use help build
diversified or new
IN THE OVEN:!
Major new investigative tools currently
under development by CfAfrica on
behalf of ANCIR include a secure,
encrypted platform for whistleblowers
& journalistic sources, + a secure
document analysis toolkit, + a forensic
relationship / network analysis toolkit.
CfAfrica & its affiliates offer over $2m in
kick-starter grants every year through
the ANIC, TASC, and country-specific
programmes like Hala Nigeria.!
But it isn’t just money. CfAfrica also
offers tech support & strategic advice.
A Continent: !
Building on the
success of the
Kenyan pilot, we
‘Code’ teams in !
fellows, to build
that data tools
Data Literacy Skills: !
We host data literacy bootcamps and
masterclasses, develop course
materials, and convene strategic
policy roundtables + catalytic
hackdays across Africa to develop
data skills & knowledge.
! Nairobi Data Bootcamp 2012
! Nepal (Asia)
! Moldova (E.Europe)
! Jordan (M.East)
Going Viral: !
The d|Bootcamp has run in 5 African countries &
has also been cloned across the world …
We're creating a diverse community
of civic hackers, data activists and
data narrators through a pan-African
network of Hacks/Hackers chapters,
citizen tech desks in incubators, and
'kickstarter' Code for Democracy co-
The pan-African Hacks/Hackers community has over 30,000 people in its network,
with 16 chapters in 14 countries … all experimenting with digital innovation.