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Celebrating Peter da Costa

We are very sad to learn of the passing of our friend, Peter da Costa. His death marks a huge loss for the development community globally and for us at the Open Institute. For us, Peter was perhaps the most consequential friend that we have had over the years – a consistent sounding board for…

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Our Website Reloaded (Again)

Today, we relaunch (again!) our new website. This would be the fourth iteration of our website since we started out in September 2012. What’s more, is that it is the second iteration since we rebranded in June 2018. This iteration was provoked by a recent hacking attack on our online properties and as we strengthened…

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Introducing Kobole: know how much you pay in taxes

The Open Institute is happy to release Kobole, an initiative borne out of a collaboration with the International Budget Partnership (Kenya), the National Taxpayers Association, Development Initiatives and Institute of Public Finance (Kenya) called in an initiative dubbed #CollectiveKe. Kobole is a tool for Kenyans to calculate their total tax contribution – both their income tax…

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Open Duka wins Oscars

We are so excited to find out that Open Duka has won the Honesty Oscars (Special Effects category), following nominations and widespread voting. Like the Academy Awards’ “Best Special Effects” this category honors new technologies, innovative strategies and tools, and creative campaigns that (in our context) call attention to issues of transparency, accountability and corruption.…

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What’s the problem with education in Kenya?

In November last year, as the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education exams were being held, we released data that we have collected relating to primary (or elementary in some countries) school education in Kenya. Through KCPE Trends, we released KCPE results data with the view of stimulating conversations about education standards in Kenya. In doing…

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