"It doesn't matter where you work or how you work, if you're passionate about the work... it gets done"

At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations around the world implemented work-from-home policies. The Open Institute was not left behind, however, our Finance Director and Trustee has been a remote worker for years.

Jay Bhalla has managed to understand the dynamics of remote work, having worked in a different time zone from the rest of the team and managing a team remotely. 

His passion and work ethic continues to be an inspiration to the Open Institute team as we learn how to be collaborate virtually while being effective in everything we do.

Jay Bhalla

Trustee, Open Institute


Our Programmes

Subnational Citizen Engagement

We work to build citizen capacity to use data for better engagement with government and other stakeholders for better resource allocation and development outcomes, and achievement of global and national goals.

Open County

We work with subnational governments to build their statistical capacity for better transparency and accountability, while providing technical support to establish structures to better listen to and engage with citizens.

The Ability Programme

The Ability Project aims to gather data around the Nairobi Central Business District and clearly mark out how accessible these every day environments really are, by using the globally recognized concept of Universal Design as our compass.

Open Extractives

We work to improve the working environment for artisanal small scale miners as well as to build on the body of knowledge for the achievement of Kenya’s policy goals in the mining industry. We recognise artisanal small scale mining potential and the need to create a conducive ecosystem to foster its development.

Data Governance

The #RestoreDataRights movement aims to work with governments and other stakeholders towards realising a transparent, inclusive and accountable COVID-19 response in Africa and beyond by working to foster trust in the handling of people’s sensitive personal data.

Community Monitoring

To monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, we created Nuru as a tool to crowdsource observations about how citizens are coping in the exceptionally difficult circumstances brought on by the virus, with the aim of inspiring engagement with civil society, governments and other stakeholders to take action and effect change in their communities.

Stay up to date

Follow our latest updates featuring highlights of our work


Be in the know

Follow our latest stories from our blog

Send us a message


Call us

+254 708 328 579




209 State House Road,
P.O Box 50474, Nairobi 00100, Kenya