Government Spending. Come Mine The Data.

Nairobi, 26th – 29th Nov 2014

Nairobi, Kenya

Nov 26 – 29, 2014

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Government’s development spending shapes your life. It pays for the roads and bridges you travel on, for the schools and clinics that nurture you, and the water and electricity that makes your life possible. But, do you really know where the money comes from or where it goes?

Does development spending really improve lives, or grow the economy?

Come join us to find out during a *free* 4-day d|Bootcamp that explores how you can access and use the data tracked by Kenya’s National Treasury and its partners such as the World Bank and the Open Aid Partnership.

The d|Bootcamp will bring together aspiring data journalists and civic watchdogs, with technologists and digital designers, for hands-on learning and collaboration on team projects. The best projects will win seed grants and technology support.

The d|Bootcamp will take place at the Aga Khan University’s brand new Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) at the 9 West building in Westlands, Nairobi. It will feature international award-winning speakers and lecturers from the GSMC, the Texas Tribune in the USA and the BBC in the UK alongside homegrown African mapping and data pioneers such as Upande and Data Science.

The d|Bootcamp is part of a global data journalism initiative, and is supported locally by the Hacks/Hackers and Code for Kenya and ANCIR communities.


Kenya’s National Treasury runs a comprehensive Development Assistance Database (e-ProMIS), that tracks procurement and other spending data from government and its multilateral development partners. Treasury has aggregated this data since 2011, with the help the World Bank’s Open Aid Partnership (OAP). In addition to government data, OAP seeks to improve aid transparency and effectiveness by bringing together information from other development partners, such as civil society organizations, foundations, and the private sector.

The d|Bootcamp will explore additional open data sources, ranging from the Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI) and the wider openAFRICA portals, to sector specific databases from civic watchdog organisations. d|Bootcamp participants will also be taught to scrape data to build their own databases.

Hacks (Journalists) & Bloggers

Journalists, Bloggers, Videographers, Graphic Artists, Interactive Designers. Learn to tell more powerful stories with new new tools. Learn to use data to create localised / personalised content.

Hackers & Makers

Developers, Designers, User Experience (UX) Researchers, Engineers. Come work on meaningful problems for mass audiences. Get connected to new markets, and practice your skills.

Civil Society Professionals

Data Experts, Government ICT Thought-leader and NGOs. Come help connect indicators to issues. Team up with civic technologists and mass media pioneers to build citizen tools.

Session Leaders


Marcos Vanetta
Knight Mozilla Fellow

Huw Owen

Qiyang Xu
Open Aid Partnerships (World Bank Group)

Elena Bertusi
Open Aid Partnerships (World Bank Group)

Linet Kwamboka

Linet Kwamboka
ICTA \ Data Science

Justin Arenstein

Mark De Blois

David Lemayian
Code for Africa


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This Nairobi d|Bootcamp  has been made possible through support from the following partners:

                 KODI   AKU - 28 Rays International Ayat Logo

OAP WB       CfKenya Kenya    


ANCIR     ICFJ     cfi

Our Mission

To boost analytical, evidence-based public discussion by giving citizens, journalists and civil society access to the data, digital tools, and computational skills necessary for transforming our societies into digital democracies.