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To get civil society more involved in debates on public policies by better harnessing open data and spreading its use amongst the key players in civil society.
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CFI has been actively promoting citizen-led digital innovation since 2012, and in 2016, to mark the Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit in Paris, it helped fifty journalists and leaders of CSOs in French-speaking Africa, the Arab world and South-East Asia to use open data for the very first time, through the OpenData Media project.
In the months following that project, the beneficiaries have familiarised themselves with these new tools and have launched initiatives in their own respective countries aimed at freeing up public data and using it to benefit citizens.
OpenData Media 2 is following in the footsteps of that project. It will require close collaboration with the actors on the ground, so that tools can be offered in order to make use – especially for journalistic purposes – of open data adapted to the local technical constraints of the participants: a form of 'low-tech activism'
By training around twenty African journalists and CSO leading figures, this project will help to create a network of local actors instilled with good digital practices, which will be incorporated into the global open data ecosystem.
I was able to discover the power of data in the practice of investigative journalism, in order to make the subjects investigated more credible. I have now mastered my computer as a comprehensive and effective work tool.
Gaston Sawadogo, beneficiary of ODMedias 2
20 journalists and leading Civil Society Organisation (CSO) figures from 12 African countries.
1.Enhancement of the participants’ technical skills
Following an appraisal of what has been learnt, an introduction to new tools making it possible to bring data projects to fruition more autonomously and to start working together on platforms for cataloguing open data.
2.Technical and organisational independence
This training course steers the participants towards technical and organisational independence when it comes to data and dissemination (website, communication, interface, etc.).
African Open Data invited to Tbilisi
July 27, 2018
A delegation of journalists from 12 French-speaking African countries attended the Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit, which took place in the Georgian capital Tbilisi from 17 to 19 July 2018. They all had the same objective: to draw inspiration from the event in order to promote Open Data in their respective countries.
In search of open government: 3 questions for Satou Annick Kante
August 16, 2018
As Communications Officer at the organisation Social Justice, Satou Annick Kante plays a key role in civil society. Her aim? To encourage budget transparency in Côte d'Ivoire. Social Justice is at the heart of a platform that campaigns for and promotes the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and, therefore, open data.
Louis-Nino Kansoun: data, a common good to be shared
August 16, 2018
Born in Benin in 1996, Louis-Nino Kansoun was the youngest of the data activists who travelled to Tbilisi (Georgia) to attend the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit, held from 17 to 19 July 2018. Read on to find out more about a young journalist who wants to use open data to make a difference in his profession.
3.Organisation of two ‘Data Activist Academy’ sessions
The first session will involve meeting leading figures in the open data universe. Group work will be organised amongst the participants, during a digital event for reinforcing the progress of the network. The second session will make it possible to finalise the setting-up of the network of African 'data activists' during an event connected with digital innovation.
This stage will consist of an appraisal and feedback session. The content will be put together with the participants, in order to give them the skills they need to ensure the long-term future of the network and make their projects achievable. It will also make it possible to identify the ways in which CFI, the members of the network and the network itself can work together in future initiatives.
OpenDataPourElles (Open Data for Women)
March 8, 2019
As part of its Open Data Media 2 project, CFI selected five African women working as journalists or leaders of civil society organisations and trained them in the use of open data.
Between August 2017 and December 2018, CFI provided training to some 20 journalists and CSO members from French-speaking Africa specialising in citizen use of new technologies and the use of tools to exploit open data, especially for journalistic purposes.