Citizen Generated Data vs. Official Statistics

Should Citizen Generated Data be official? If not, does it make it any less essential? There is a tension that has existed in the past few years about the co-existence of official statistics on the one hand and citizen generated data on the other. The development community continues to grapple with the “official-ness” (and therefore …

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Examining the cracks in my house

“How Tullow hurt me” – Cheptoo’s Story as close to verbatim as possible (translated) “A few years ago, my neighbours and I were called to a meeting by the chief to meet with an oil company called Tullow. At the meeting, we were told that the oil company thought that there was oil under our …

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I finally watched Rafiki – and it was interesting

I finally had the opportunity to watch Rafiki, the movie directed by the globally celebrated Wanuri Kahiu. I was invited to watch it at the Canadian High Commissioner’s official residence in Nairobi – a priviledge that I shared with several leading luminaries in the art space. I saw celebrated writer Sitawa Namwalie and Lorna Irungu (both …

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