At the Open Institute, we believe in empowering citizens to actively engage with and influence their government, akin to how a shop owner manages their business. Our Active Citizenship program champions this vision by providing tools and platforms that enhance government engagement, foster innovation, and ensure inclusivity.


Voice to the public

We champion the idea of citizens as primary stakeholders in governance. Through various projects like the CBO Data Leaders Fellowship and The Ability Programme, it provides individuals with the knowledge, skills, and platforms necessary to engage effectively with governmental structures. These initiatives encourage a hands-on approach to citizenship, aiming to foster a more transparent, inclusive, and accountable governance model.


Through initiatives like the CBO Data Leaders Fellowship and The Maono Space, we aim to strengthen community voices and promote transparent governance. Our efforts extend to supporting artisanal mining communities via Open Extractives and improving accessibility for all through The Ability Programme.

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Active Citizenship

Our approach is defined by our belief that citizens own governments and therefore they should have the agency and confidence to speak up and use their voice to direct public projects.

We give the analogy of a shop. If you establish a shop and you employ me to keep the shop, you would frequently track inventory and look at the books in detail. So too must citizens look at public records.

In turn, governments at all levels must be open and allow citizens to review its records.


The CBO Data Leaders Fellowship

We work with community groups to build citizen capacity to use data for better engagement with government and other stakeholders

The Maono Space

The Maono Space in Malindi, Kilifi County, is an innovative space designed specifically for changemakers. In Maono, community mobilisers and organisers are offered the support and resources they need to make a significant impact.

The Ability Programme

We aim to gather data around our cities and clearly mark out how accessible these every day environments really are.

Open Extractives

We recognise artisanal small scale mining potential and the need to create a conducive ecosystem to foster its development.