Call for Researchers: East Africa Gender Data Research

DataShift Review of Official and Citizen-Generated Gender Data (CGD) for SDGs Monitoring

In Kenya and Tanzania, DataShift seeks to demonstrate concretely how multiple sources of data, particularly citizen-generated data (CGD), can be harnessed to monitor sustainable development goals (SDGs) progress, while building the interest, capacity and collaboration of civil society in generating and using data – with a special focus on SDG 5.

DataShift is seeking a research team to carry out applied research to assess gender data availability, accessibility, quality, comparability and gaps in Kenya and Tanzania respectively, on SDG 5 and other pre-determined and prioritised gender targets and indicators in other SDGs.


The consultants will assess the gender data availability, accessibility, and quality from a range of relevant data types and data sources. The value and role of citizen-generated gender data produced nationally or locally in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is less well documented in the East African context. The consultants will review gender indicators related to but not limited to, health, education, women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship, social exclusion of women and girls, water and sanitation, time surveys on the value of unpaid care and domestic work, effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life, among others.

The research will mainly target national level actors but be complemented with specific case studies, particularly citizen-generated data initiatives from the sub-national level.


The consultants will be required to produce detailed reports and executive summaries for Kenya and Tanzania respectively. The reports will synthesise research findings, drawing conclusions and making recommendations for targeting government policy and decision makers, civil society, development partners, researchers, among others.

Timelines and Deadline

The assignments in both Kenya and Tanzania will begin on Monday, 19 September 2016 and conclude by a strict deadline of Friday, 2 December 2016.

See the full Terms of References – East Africa Gender Data Research for more information.

Application process

To apply, please submit applications to by 7 September 2016.

Interviews will be held between 12 and 13 September 2016 and the successful consultants notified by Friday, 16 September 2016.

Community Call: Ma3Route’s mobility solution for creating a sustainable city

Join us on 12 September at 9am EDT / 2pm BST / 4pm EAT (additional timezones) for a DataShift community call on mobility solutions for sustainable cities. Ma3Route CEO, Stéphane Eboko, will share the organisation’s experiences in improving the commutes of their app users, by providing real-time information on traffic in Kenya. With 500,000 active users and 40,000 app downloads, they’re a leader for traffic information in East Africa.

Stéphane will discuss how they created a community of users, how their initiative contributed to a more sustainable Nairobi, and insights for others considering similar initiatives in their countries. We will also share a few examples about other data technologies related to mobility and sustainable cities (SDG 11); such as measuring carbon impact with sensors and monitoring pollution indicators in real-time.

We want to hear from you! Please come prepared to talk about mobility issues in your city and how mobility and sustainable cities are related to your work on other topics as well. We hope to have an interactive debate, your contribution is essential to ensuring that our DataShift community as a whole, gets the most out of this webinar.

With more than half of the world’s population already living in urban areas; we hope you will join us to learn about successful experiences, ask questions, and share your own knowledge on how to make cities more sustainable and enjoyable.  

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Community Call: Disaster Accountability in Nepal

On 25 April 2015, an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the magnitude scale struck Nepal, a major aftershock occurring on 12 May. These massive quakes killed more than 8800 people, injured over 21,000, damaged nine million homes and pushed 2.5% – 3.5% of the population back into poverty.  

In the wake of these devastating earthquakes in Nepal, the Nepalese government and other actors turned its attention to humanitarian assistance. Aiming at monitoring and improving earthquake response, Local Interventions Group (LIG) together with Accountability Lab (AL) started the Mobile Help Desk, an initiative that would close the information loop that exists between the public and the government while simultaneously, plugging these gaps by directly providing essential information to earthquake victims.

On 10 August, DataShift hosted a Community Call, inviting Quincy Wiele from Local Interventions Group (LIG) and Sara Rodriguez Accountability Lab (AL) to share their experiences in providing opportunities for Nepalese to be more involved in the disaster recovery process and holding their government accountable.

Local Interventions Group uses data to promote better governance and have previously used data for security mapping with the police and tracking district official absenteeism. The Accountability Lab works to promote accountability and transparency to reduce corruption building a new generation of active citizens and responsible citizens around the world. Together they started the Quake Help Desk.

After a natural disaster, the international community and citizens are often generous with financial support for survivors. That money however, is entrusted to the government; often with no strings attached. When governments are given a blank check for disaster relief and recovery, how can citizens hold them accountable for how that money is spent? In response to this, the Quake Help Desk conducted earthquake-related activities such as;

  • providing advocacy related information to citizens rights regarding earthquake relief,
  • conducting community perception surveys,
  • connecting citizens with different organisations,
  • tracking rumours,
  • providing earthquake-related information,
  • monitoring the finance flows,
  • encouraging communities to discuss on the state of post-earthquake responses, and
  • making sure that people in localities are receiving the support they have been promised.

Through these range of activities, LIG and AL were able to close the loop on the earthquake response in Nepal. Their disaster accountability work called “Follow the Money”, allowed them to track relief disbursement into 14 affected districts, down to the village level. The collected data was analysed, cleaned and visualised on an online platform, with the objectives of:

  • reducing corruption, through providing empirical evidence to the government of funding irregularities,
  • strengthening public capacity, and
  • raising awareness by reminding citizens of their entitlements.

One way of tracking, involved conducting community perception surveys. Through these surveys they found that by listening to people’s needs and comparing the discrepancies between districts, the humanitarian community was able to adapt its response to specific circumstances – improving the overall earthquake response.

In order to close the feedback loop, their “Open Mic Project” ensured that people had access to correct earthquake related information, thus reducing the potentially harmful/inflammatory impacts of incorrect information.



Through these activities, LIG and AL were also able to have an impact beyond their initial objectives. They mobilised over 100 volunteers, hired more than 100 community frontline associates, exposed more than 80,000 people and monitored more than 1,000 villages; identifying over 20 different issues. Over 25 humanitarian organisations and government agencies are using the data.  

Quincy and Sara also shared their findings with us during the call. It was clear that transparency and accountability lacked at every level. Their work also showed that during the first eight months after the earthquake, negative perceptions about relief and the reconstruction process remained consistent, with slight improvements noticed after this period. In July 2016, 79% of people felt their reconstruction issues were not being addressed, showing that the reconstruction process is still viewed unfavourably. Initial data from “Follow the Money” showed that significant funding discrepancies existed and that significant levels of corruption existed in the relief process.

The team was also confronted with challenges, such as; managing high expectations as it was sometimes difficult to ask for data without providing tangible assistance to victims. Communication was key for overcoming this, as the team worked hard to build trust within the communities. Accessing remote communities also posed as a challenge, however, by hiring locals or being close to survey areas to minimise journey time – they found a way around it. Another challenge they encountered was survey fatigue, with more than 12 organisations doing similar work. It was thus difficult to convince the community that they would benefit from continuously sharing their experience.

Quincy and Sara have learnt that in these situations, you have to strike while the iron is hot, as it is difficult to continue mobilising for earthquake response, when it is already considered “old news”. They also learned the importance of building good relationships with the government, which ultimately gave them more leverage. By avoiding pointing fingers at government and humanitarian agencies, they have managed to maintain a positive approach to their work. Going forward, LIG and AL are developing a toolkit with lessons learned to be shared with other countries facing similar situations and hope that this model can be replicated for other disaster accountability.

We would like to thank Quincy and Sara for sharing their experience and insights with us. Their presentation can be downloaded here. Also, be on the lookout for our next Community Call, more information coming soon.

Learn how DataShift provided direct support to LIG at

Kenya National Workshop on SDGs: Roadmaps and Data Ecosystems, 15 – 16 August

After an exciting workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania this past weekend, the Data Roadmap on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) kicks off in Nairobi, Kenya today.

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) in collaboration with the Office of the Deputy President of Kenya are convening a global network of governments, NGOs, businesses, and national level stakeholders; to strengthen the inclusivity, trust, and innovation in the way that data is used to address Kenya’s sustainable development.

In her speech at the Political Launch of the GPSDD, H.E. (DR) Ambassador Amina Mohammed affirmed that Kenya’s promise of inclusive development can only be achieved by creating an inclusive data ecosystem involving government, private sector, academia, non-profit organisations, innovators, local communities and development partnerships. The Kenya national workshop on SDGs Roadmaps and data ecosystems follows on these commitments to improve informational aspects of decision-making; by engaging these multiple stakeholders through practical collaboration and taking deep dives on data driven/policy initiatives.

The workshop aims to:

  • demonstrate the potential for transformation, using data for decision-making at national and subnational levels;
  • increase technical collaboration between Anchor Partners and Champions of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development and multiple-stakeholder in the Republic of Kenya towards defining an integrated path forward for the data roadmap;
  • prepare for a data driven engagement in Vision 2030 MTPIII process and County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) process.

During the two-day workshops – the working groups will take a look at the agreed work plans for supporting countries at national and subnational levels (including cities), to develop and implement multi-stakeholder roadmaps for harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development based on local and national priorities for SDGs and national plans. This will also include a session on citizen-generated data (CGD) in support of SDGs, presented by DataShift’s, Davis Adieno.

CIVICUS World Alliance is an anchor member of the GPSDD. Read more about the partnership on

For more information visit

You can follow Davis’ participation at the workshops on Twitter: @DavisAdieno

Tanzania Data Roadmap for Sustainable Development National Workshop, 12-13 August 2016

Starting today the National Bureau of Statistics – Tanzania in partnership with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) will convene the Data Roadmap for Sustainable Development National Workshop in Dar es Salaam Tanzania.

The workshop brings together representatives of major stakeholder groups, to start working more closely toward sustainable development goals (SDG) monitoring. It also presents a good opportunity to showcase the ongoing work by civil society organisations (CSOs) in Tanzania, and provides a platform for networking with regional and global players working on data revolution for SDGs.

Key objectives of the workshop are to:

  1. Create awareness among Tanzanians (including; key government officials, CSO and private sector) about SDGs and the roles different parties can play.
  2. Cover the SDG indicators with the 5-year development plan (2016/17-2020/21) indicators, to establish concurrent monitoring for both programming tools. This will align national priorities and Vision 2025 plans with the 2030 SDG goals.
  3. Localise SDGs in the national five-year development plans, such that plans may be aligned at the sub-national level to execute Vision 2025.
  4. Understanding and mapping of the data ecosystem, including; capacity and budget aspects, and possible sources of support.
  5. Define early wins, short and medium term actions and deliverables for moving the data roadmap process forward so that it contributes to achieving and monitoring progress on sustainable development.

On the second day of the workshop (Saturday 13th August), DataShift will be facilitating two break-out workshops on specific data areas highlighting data gaps and early wins. These will be; 1) On SDG 5 (Gender Data workshop) jointly with the Tanzania Gender Network Programme (TGNP), and 2) the second session on the Data Revolution in action, focusing on Citizen-generated data; in the morning and afternoon respectively.

The workshops pose a great opportunity for organisations to share their story and experience in revolutionising the use of data in tracking gender related issues in Tanzania; including through citizen-generated data and the use of technology, such as mobile phone technology.

CIVICUS World Alliance is an anchor member of the GPSDD. Read more about the partnership on

For more information visit

Please follow @DavisAdieno on Twitter for updates during the workshop.

Community Call: Local Interventions Group’s experiences in disaster recovery accountability in Nepal

Join us on 10 August at 9am EDT/2pm BST/4pm EAT /6:45pm NPT (additional timezones) for a DataShift community call on disaster recovery accountability in Nepal. Quincy Wiele of Local Interventions Group will share the organisation’s experiences in providing opportunities for Nepalese to be more involved in the disaster recovery process and holding their government accountable for its efforts.

The good news is that after a natural disaster, the international community and citizens are often generous with financial support for survivors. The bad news is that this money is entrusted to the government; often with no strings attached. When governments are given a blank check for disaster relief and recovery, how can citizens hold them accountable for how that money is spent?

After the devastating 2015 earthquakes in Nepal, the Nepalese government and other actors turned its attention to humanitarian assistance. In an effort to monitoring and improve the earthquake response, Local Interventions Group (LIG) along with Accountability Lab (AL) started the Mobile Help Desk. This initiative would close the information loop that exists between the public and the government while simultaneously, plugging these gaps by directly providing essential information to earthquake victims.
We hope you’ll join us to learn about these experiences, ask questions, and share your own knowledge on disaster recovery accountability.

Join us for the webinar on 10 August – RSVP now!

DataShift presents “Making Use of CGD Tool” at High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York

The DataShift team ensured that citizen-generated data (CGD) was on the agenda at this year’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York, using the forum as a platform to present the “Making Use of CGD Tool”. Cassia Moraes tells us more in this blog.

From 11-20 July, the United Nations hosted the second High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in New York. The HLPF is the main global forum for the follow up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year the HLPF focused on a core theme of the Agenda 2030 framework; “Ensuring that no one is left behind”. Throughout the ten-day event, the HLPF convened national voluntary reviews of 22 countries, thematic reviews, side events, a Partnership Exchange, and SDGs Learning, Training and Practice sessions for governments and myriad of other stakeholders present.

During the meetings, Member States and several other participants were keen to recognise the need for strong monitoring of the SDGs. As 2016 is the first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda, it is however important to highlight the role of data in the initial stages of the implementation planning process. To ensure that no one is left behind, a crucial first step is knowing who “no one” actually refers to: Which sectors of society are marginalised? Which regions have social and economic indicators below the national average? Which groups are lagging behind on different SDG areas, such as education and health?

On the other side, different constituencies raised important questions about the HLPF theme. One recurring concern was the possibility of rebranding the SDGs, as they were the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the eight goals that preceded the Agenda 2030, and whose focus were mostly social and economic issues within developing countries. Unlike the MDGs, the Sustainable Development Goals are meant to be universal, i.e. to be applicable to developed countries. Therefore, few civil society representatives stressed that the aforementioned slogan cannot be used to divert attention away from developed countries’ accountability and domestic problems, thus raising inequality. Another major difference between the SDGs and the MDGs is that the former are supposed to include environmental issues, which is one of the pillars of sustainable development together with the social and economic spheres. Environmental groups were thus concerned that this years’ theme could also overlook important aspects of such a comprehensive agenda.

Aware of these concerns, CIVICUS launched the new Leave No-One Behind Partnership (LNB) together with Development Initiatives and Project Everyone. The initiative will be guided by the following principles:

  • EXAMINE: we will establish a baseline of who the groups that have been left behind are, through a data-led approach; as well as identify those at risk, where they are and monitor their progress annually;
  • ENGAGE: we will develop a visual presentation for awareness-raising, built from the real stories of those who are being left behind;
  • EMPOWER: we will work together with national partners in at least 30 countries to build local voices for action and accountability to ensure no-one is left behind in their countries.

During the HLPF, the DataShift team worked hard to ensure that citizen-generated data (CGD) was in the agenda, leveraging on several advocacy opportunities to include civil society in the monitoring of the SDGs. Beyond advocating for the importance of using CGD, we looked for interesting projects that exemplify how this can be done in practice. A clear-cut example of the potential of CGD to monitor progress against the SDGs is the Everyone Counts initiative, led by CARE International, World Vision International and Kwantu. Together, they will test the efficacy of social accountability at scale, aggregating CGD to monitor progress against the SDGs in pilot countries. Using existing interventions – like social audits and community scorecards (CSC) – the initiative will address the main CGD challenges, such as comparability and coverage.

DataShift presented the Making Use of CGD Tool at the side event, Data Roadmaps for Sustainable Development, organised by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD). This tool has been created for all stakeholders interested in fostering effective monitoring and accountability for the SDGs, with focus on the national and subnational levels. The tool also presents advantages of using CGD to complement official datasets, which can identify and fill data gaps and provide a snapshot of marginalised populations and issues, among other contributions. The GPSDD also launched a Call for Proposals on Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development, a great funding opportunity for organisations working with data production, dissemination and use, primarily in low-income countries and lower-middle-income countries. Grants will vary according to the maturity level of the projects, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000.

Finally, we facilitated the meeting of the Action for Sustainable Development’s Monitoring and Accountability Working Group during a two-day weekend workshop hosted by the platform. Participants discussed challenges such as; considering our audience by using different means of communication (e.g. webinars are not the most adequate platform for grassroots) and increasing awareness levels about the SDGs, especially in the developing world. The audience also stressed the importance of monitoring efforts in the national and local levels, demanding that the working group support members to hold their governments accountable.

Overall, the 2016 HLPF showed both the potential and challenges for the coming years of SDGs implementation. After a successful international gathering, it is now time to go back home and build strong foundations to deliver an ambitious and urgent agenda.

Thematic Forum: Opportunities for an Integrated, Data-Driven, and Multi-Stakeholder Approach to Implementing and Monitoring SDG 5

“Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”

Today the gender equality multi-stakeholder forum kicks off in Nairobi, Kenya, convened by CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation (DataShift), The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and the SDGs Kenya Forum.

The forum will explore opportunities for delivering an integrated, data-driven, multi-stakeholder approach to implementing and monitoring SDG 5, “Achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls”, as well as other gender related targets and indicators in other SDGs in Kenya.

Over 50 stakeholders from government, private sector, media, civil society; including women’s rights organisations, development partners, academia, researchers, media, and technology enthusiasts will come together to explore practical mechanisms for working together while implementing their core mandates.

The aim of the forum:

  • Raise awareness on SDG 5 and brainstorm on a framework for civil society and other stakeholders to formally engage with government in the formulation, implementation, and monitoring of progress,
  • Brainstorm on the value of drawing on multiple sources of data, including citizen-generated data, for a data-driven implementation, and monitoring of progress on SDG 5,
    Facilitate engagement between civil society, other stakeholders, and government on gender equality in Kenya in order to explore synergies and foster collaborations on SDG 5.
  • It also features highly interactive roundtable discussions, facilitating knowledge and experience sharing from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC), and the Department of Gender (Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs), among others.

Despite a progressive rights-based constitution, women in Kenya still face challenges including the ability to participate effectively in decision-making and leadership. Research by UN Women indicates that over 80% of Kenyan women are engaged in smallholder farming, only 1% own land in their own right, access less than 10% of available credit, and less than 1% of agriculture credit. Female poverty is exacerbated by gender-based violence; including sexual violence, rape, physical violence and sexual harassment. Women’s empowerment is hindered by polygamy, early marriage and harmful cultural and traditional practices such as female genital cutting. Traditional practices governing inheritance, acquisition of land and benefits accruing to land produce continue to favour men.

The absence of accurate, credible, timely, and gender disaggregated data and general lack of awareness on the goals and their implications inhibits progress. Technical expertise is also limited on the “how-to,” especially in mainstreaming in formal government programmes. Furthermore, where data or information exists; it’s disparate, trapped in silos by civil society, government, academia, development partners, private sector, and researchers, among others. A recent report by Data2x, found no data especially on aspects of the lives of women and girls that are not highly valued by society. Unpaid work in home production, time spent fetching fuel and carrying water, housework, childcare and eldercare – all activities carried out mostly by women and girls, are part of a ‘care economy’ that society undervalues and, therefore, does not count in official statistics.

This forum is the culmination of a two-day capacity-building workshop for civil society on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which focused on women’s rights, gender equality and global and regional commitments. These two events between civil society, other stakeholders, and government on gender equality, offers an opportunity to synergise efforts and foster collaborations on SDG 5 and other gender related targets and indicators in Kenya.

Watch this space for the report emerging from the forum discussions, exchanges, and ideas; including a joint civil society communique and blog post to be shared widely. These will be fed into local and international forums and workshops to facilitate further learning.

Here’s a look at the full Concept Note – SDGs Gender Equality Thematic Forum 12-7-16.

Call for Technical Campaign Experts

From August – October 2016, DataShift Direct Support Phase II (DSII) will focus on supporting organisations to collect, manage, analyse and disseminate citizen-generated data (CGD) with the goal of creating effective gender-related campaigns in four priority countries: Argentina, Kenya, Nepal and Tanzania. DSII will include a specific training on how to use CGD for campaigns. The trainings support local civil society organisations to design a CGD campaign to advocate for progress on gender-related issues under SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and across other thematic areas like health, education, water and sanitation, inequality, etc.

DataShift seeks a consultant to research, design, and package existing CGD Campaign Training materials and create new content, if needed, into a ‘campaigning curriculum’. This CDG Campaign Training will be a combination of a two-day in-person group training and six additional webinars or practical exercises to be viewed/completed independently. At the end of the training, the civil society organisations will have a completed campaign plan ready to implement by a strict deadline of 16 August 2016.

See the full scope of work Citizen-Generated Data Campaign Expert.

Applications must be sent to by 27 July 2016. Interviews will be held on or around 28 July 2016.


DataShift CGD Visualisations: where CGD projects are happening and how they are related to SDGs

Through our research on citizen-generated data initiatives across the world, we’ve come across a lot of initiatives on various themes. Last year, we began to gather up a list of such initiatives, and to get the most out of that information, we worked with network-movement ecologist Ari Sahagún to understand and visualise the data. Today, we’re very happy to put this set of network visualisations online for anyone to explore.

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Visualising connections instead of looking at a database or table format reveals different qualities in the dataset. For example, we can quickly see which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are well represented and which aren’t, and also where there may be gaps in datasets. By adding some additional geographic metadata, we can dig a little deeper to see where certain SDGs are being more prominently addressed.

Some of our starting questions were:

  • Do particular SDGs lend themselves to being tracked or monitored with citizen-generated data?
  • From the data that we have: are initiatives in particular geographic areas working on certain themes, more than others?
  • What are common themes in the DataShift geographic focus areas (Nepal, Argentina and Tanzania/Kenya)?

To address these questions, we created three separate network visualisations:

  1. Citizen-generated data initiatives and the Sustainable Development Goals: showing which SDGs have the most initiatives addressing that particular goal.
  2. Citizen-generated data initiatives around the world: showing where those SDG-focused initiatives are operating.
  3. Citizen-generated data initiatives in the DataShift’s focus areas: showing what initiatives are in these four countries and what SDGs their work relates to.

Each of these visualisations are interactive and explorable online, and have accompanying commentary with tips on what to look for and how to use them. We also include a methodology section to highlight that this data isn’t intended to be comprehensive: it’s simply the initiatives that we’ve come across during our DataShift research.

We want this visualisation to grow in the future, too. If you’re working on a citizen-generated data initiative that you don’t see represented here, you can submit it to the database and after moderation, it will be added to the visualisation. If you’ve got feedback or questions, please get in touch with