In 2015, 193 countries agreed on the Sustainable Development Goals, designed to end poverty, combat inequality, to effectively tackle climate change and to make sure, no one is left behind. A major question that many organisations and governments are addressing how the implementation of the SDGs going to be different with how the Millennium Development Goals were implemented and how everyone is involved and that no one is left behind.

This platform brings together the Civil Society Organisations, Citizen Groups, Private Sector Companies, and Government Agencies in East Africa that work on Subnational Data in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the past year, a number of organisations are developing and testing actionable ideas as to how to leave no one behind. Many of them have found ways to involve citizens directly. Much work has gone into strengthening citizen voices so that space for them to be heard is created. In the context of the data revolution, a number of organisations have worked to foster citizen generated data as a foundation for developmental activity in society.

At Buntwani 2017, it was resolved that it would be useful to have a multi-sectoral platform of organisations from the public and private sector as well as the Civil Society that strengthens collaboration, knowledge sharing and joint policy development.

The  Community of practice will be a platform that seeks to bring on board CSOs, private and public sector organisations, with a view to frequently meet and deliberate on the best practices, challenges and experiences of their engagements on data and community engagement at the subnational level.

In addition, the Community of Practice will foster conversations around mainstreaming the Data Revolution in the scope of implementing the Global Goals and also in achieving national goals through nationally agreed mechanisms.

Our Objectives

  1. To enhance collaboration between CSOs, public and private sector organisations and citizen groups that work on data related activities and the SDGs at subnational level
  2. Creating a learning and sharing platform on data and better community engagement initiatives among stakeholders and practitioners
  3. Coordinate joint scoping/ mapping of data ecosystems to establish existing data gaps and needs of various stakeholders
  4. Strengthening existing legal and policy frameworks on data and community engagement
  5. Capacity building of communities on data and their engagement
  1. To enhance collaboration between CSOs, public and private sector organisations and citizen groups that work on data related activities and the SDGs at subnational level
  2. Creating a learning and sharing platform on data and better community engagement initiatives among stakeholders and practitioners
  3. Coordinate joint scoping/ mapping of data ecosystems to establish existing data gaps and needs of various stakeholders
  4. Strengthening existing legal and policy frameworks on data and community engagement
  5. Capacity building of communities on data and their engagement

All individuals and organisations are welcome to join the Community of Practice. Simply send an email to join@subnational.group with your name and organisation details. Please also tell us about what subnational activities you are involved with.

The Subnational Data Community of Practice is hosted at the Open Institute. The secretariat team includes:

  • Al Kags, Founder Trustee, Open Institute
  • Colleta Kariuki, Programme Manager
  • Tecla Machocho, Community Manager

The Stewards Group that provides the secretariat with functional guidance includes representatives of :-