What’s the data behind the story?
One essential tool that Kenyan citizens need to engage the government is information on how money collected from taxpayers is allocated. With this information, we can ask what our elected officials are doing with it, and from there the discussion can proceed towards how money is spent in the future to better our lives.
The 47 county governments of Kenya are in charge of overseeing functions such as the provision of healthcare, pre-primary education and management of local roads, which were previously the responsibility of Kenya’s national government. In order to do this, the national government allocates a share of national revenues using a set formula. This information is contained in copies of the Kenya Gazette, breaking down allocations per year for every financial year since 2013/14.
This concept is already being used to visualize revenues and other budget information in South Africa on Municipal Money, a web-based tool designed to inform citizens on their local authority’s financial performance and allows comparisons between municipalities.
Code for Africa and its partners hate seeing civil society or anyone else being duped into wasting money unnecessarily on inappropriate technology or predatory consultancies.
There are thousands of civic apps and other technology solutions already available for reuse, free-of-charge, on communities such as GitHub.
Code for Africa is committed to help grow these resources and the global civic technology community, by making its code and data freely available. It is also committed to helping fellow African citizen agency organisations re-purpose and customise existing civic code as cost-effectively as possible.
The code for PesaYetu is available here.
All the data used by this project and other initiatives is available for free reuse on the openAFRICA.net portal. It is already the continent's largest repository of public data, despite being volunteer run, and offers data ranging from government budget and tender information, to data about parliamentarians and other public officials.