Experts: Accessing Credible Data Still a Challenge in Kenya
March. 09, 2020
It may take a longer period for Kenyans to benefit from the explosion of data brought about by the growth of the internet and mobile technology in the county.
Stakeholders gathering at the International Open Data Day said that despite many Kenyans having access to information online, the biggest challenge remains packaging and limited accessibility hampering decision-making.
“With the growth of mobile technology and the rise in internet penetration, more Kenyans have access to information online. The biggest challenge, however, when it comes to data is that; plenty of good data exists - but there is limited accessibility and uptake for decision-making and policy advocacy.
“Additionally, data is mostly not well packaged and contextualised for ease of use by a broad range of stakeholders, which poses a challenge.”
“Data driven decision making and data culture is very important, when we talk about open data in Kenya, what initiatives are we as Kenyans undertaking to ensure both,” John Olukuru, the Head of Data Science and Analytics @iLabAfrica- Strathmore University paused.