Open Data Day #KE is here!

I am so excited. The International Open Data day is coming up on February 22, 2014 and in Kenya, we are holding it simultaneously  in three cities – Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. Simeon, the Open Institute’s community manager and his team at OI have been working with communities in Nairobi at Pawa254, Kisumu at LakeHub and the…

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Recently, my colleague Bev, asked me a number of strategic questions relating to Africa – What are my dreams for Africa, What do I think of Africa’s potential and so on and What really are Africa’s challenges and opportunities. You’d think that I will have some kind of boilerplate response given my work, but for…

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New VAT Law bring savings into my home!

The VAT Act became law in Kenya and was implemented in the past two weeks. With it, came an increase in a number of daily necessities that have seen major changes in my house. These commodities include Milk and Newspapers (among several others) I have not bought a newspaper in the last approximately 2 weeks…

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Bureaucratic Nonesense

It would seem the frustrations by members of the public relating to government processes are common across the world. I was amused to read this on Facebook this morning and I realise that the Kenyan documents are not any better. Of course the most ridiculous ones I have seen are the visa forms for the…

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Kenya Power is not hearing Wanjiku

We want good quality power at low cost now. For many Kenyans, Kenya Power (formerly KPLC), is a source of head-banging-against-the wall frustration. All too often do they sit in the dark and reflect on new acronyms for the company (such as Kenya Paraffin, formerly Kenya Paraffin Lamps and Candles). Add that to the frequent…

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