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InfoNET’s commitment to openness and transparency drives the organisation to work on projects championing causes such as these. With a credible track record of harnessing the use of ICTs to enhance civic participation and monitor elections, we provide governments, organisations,  and other entities with technological support and capacity building for their works.

Beneficial Ownership Register

Beneficial Ownership Register

The government of Kenya has taken deliberate actions to promote and enhance openness in the government service delivery process through establishing a Beneficial Ownership Register. It is now a legal requirement that the name and address of the beneficial owners (if any) be entered in the companies’ registers of members which must be lodged with the Registrar of Companies within 30 days after completing its preparation (in accordance with section 93 (8) of the Principal Act) and which will be available for inspection by members of the public. Section 93 (9) further provides that any amendment to the register of members is to be lodged with the Registrar within 14 […]

The need for data in the time of COVID-19

The need for data in the time of COVID-19

Data in Fighting Covid-19 The current COVID-19 pandemic raises important questions about opening, sharing and using data. Utilizing data, data analytics and management and the power of global connectivity  gives us an opportunity to better deal with this pandemic.Due to this power, governments and other responsible bodies/institutions are able to better analyze large amounts of data across different parts of the world to effectively and efficiently respond to Corona Virus.  Getting timely, accurate data to get the pandemic under control in Africa is critical for the success of global efforts and in building strong data systems for the long-term,” When responding to infectious diseases, timely and reliable data is important […]

Technology & Innovation: The Great COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

Technology & Innovation: The Great COVID-19 Innovation Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how we live, learn and work, with populations in most countries under a form of stay at home order, creating unemployment, especially to a majority in Kenya who depend on daily wages from trade and other entrepreneur activities. While the pandemic is already creating untold suffering, Kenya has the unique opportunity to turn the economic tide, if personal safety measures are enhanced and its young population incentivized towards harnessing technology and innovation. It is universally acknowledged that COVID19 has fundamentally changed the world where technologically enhanced modes of living, learning and working environment will be the new normal, where digitization will become a priority, especially […]

Technology and the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

Technology and the fight against COVID-19 in Africa

The outbreak of corona-virus disease (COVID-19) has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) and the virus has now spread to many countries and territories. While a lot is still unknown about COVID-19, what is known is that it is transmitted through direct contact with respiratory droplets from an infected person (generated through coughing and sneezing). Individuals can also be infected from touching surfaces contaminated with the virus and touching their face including eyes, nose and mouth. As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact globally, the African governments have imposed measures such as travel bans, curfews, prohibition of mass gatherings, mandatory quarantines, closure of learning institutions, […]

Ideation II: Enhancing the Inclusion of Youth in Governance

Ideation II: Enhancing the Inclusion of Youth in Governance

There is a growing disconnect between the involvement of the younger generation and the management of government institutions and programs in Kenya. The youth constitutes the larger segment of the population, not only in Kenya but also globally, and designing the future or direction of this country should be done with the active participation and inclusion of young people at all levels. Engaging young people in local governance increases accountability and the number of quality initiatives made by communities. There needs to be open spaces, aided with technology and social media for dialogue and improving transparency and hidden social structures that always generate corruption. Many studies, reports and surveys reveal persistent economic, social […]

Is Corruption in Nairobi Grease or Sand on the Wheels of Economic Development in Kenya

Is Corruption in Nairobi Grease or Sand on the Wheels of Economic Development in Kenya

Corruption remains a strong constraint on growth and development whilst others argue that corruption can be grease to the wheels and that it helps overcome cumbersome bureaucratic constraints, inefficient provision of public services, and rigid laws especially when countries’ institutions are weak and function poorly. In places where bureaucracies and organizations are inefficient, corruption is said to improve efficiency and growth. Bribes can act like a piece rate or price discrimination and give faster or better service to the firms with highest opportunity cost of waiting. However, has this worked positively for African Countries? More so Kenya, where a quick review of Kenyan daily newspapers confirms that corruption is an […]

Tackling the youth employment challenge in Africa: MasterCard Foundation Workshop

Tackling the youth employment challenge in Africa: MasterCard Foundation Workshop

Youth Employment Challenge Africa is the youngest and fastest-growing continent in the world. Africa has the youngest population in the world, and it’s growing fast. By 2055, the continent’s youth population (aged 18-35), is expected to be more than double the 2015 total of 226 million. The youth account for 60% of all African unemployed, according to the World Bank. There is a significant gap between the number of youth seeking employment and the work opportunities available. There is also a mismatch between the skills offered by the youth and the needs of the employers. In tackling youth unemployment, it is important to note that there is a disconnect between […]

Ideation I: Innovative use of data to address corruption and safeguard the future of work for the Youth

Ideation I: Innovative use of data to address corruption and safeguard the future of work for the  Youth

Data is the lifeblood of decision making and a necessary tool for accountability and transparency. It is the pre-requisite for any development in a democracy and in ensuring that no one is left behind. One of the benefits of data is that it opens up the government to the people. With open data, the government becomes more transparent and accountable, allows scrutiny by the public and also reduces opportunities for corruption and increases chances for detection. This, therefore, makes open data a critical ingredient in accountability interventions and also reduce the mismanagement and misallocation of resources. Corruption is a complex problem and it can societies and result in increased poverty, […]

The Data Protection Act, 2019

The Data Protection Act, 2019

The data protection bill of 2019 has officially been signed into a law. The Data Protection Act provides the legal framework for the protection of a person’s privacy in instances where personal information has been collected, stored, used or processed by another party. This makes Kenya, the second country in East Africa, after Rwanda to have a legislation dedicated to data protection following the path taken by the EU in enacting General Data Protection Regulation in May 2018. The New Data Protection Act establishes the office of the Data Commissioner who will oversee the implementation and enactment of this law and it sets out the requirements for the protection of […]

Open Contracting: Towards Transparency and Accountability in public contracting

Open Contracting: Towards Transparency and Accountability in public contracting

Open Contracting explained Open contracting, the use of data, disclosure and engagement throughout the full procurement cycle. It is the pro-active disclosure of contract information with open access to the public. According to the Open Government Partnership, Open Contracting can be defined as the publication of government contracts from the awarding process, to the monitoring and evaluation of contract implementation. Open Contracting principles call for the timely, current and proactive disclosure of documents and data related to public contracting. This is to empower the public to understand and monitor public contracting as a safeguard against inefficient, ineffective and corrupt use of public resources. Open Contracting Data Standard At the core […]