.CITIZEN-GENERATED DATA AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: EVIDENCE FROM CASE STUDIES IN KENYA AND UGANDA
The call for a data revolution, expressed in the report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons in the lead up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,1
In both Kenya and Uganda, the development data and information landscape has changed significantly over recent years. Officials, civil society and the private sector are stepping up efforts to harness existing and new data sources to support decision-making and accountability for sustainable development.
has generated significant attention on the role of data in driving and monitoring sustainable development. Among a wide range of stakeholders, there has been growing discussion of the roles of official statistics and new data sources in order to seek drastic improvements in the production and use of data at national, regional and global levels.
2 Technological advances have supported increased access to data and information in digital formats, as well as the emergence of technology-focused or enabled data initiatives such as multiple open data platforms, and SMS-based citizen reporting systems.3
Some proponents of citizen-generated data see it as a key element in the emerging data revolution. CIVICUS define it as ‘data that people or their organisations produce to directly monitor, demand or drive change on issues that affect them’,
4 and such issues include resource allocation and service delivery. It is described as having significant potential to contribute to monitoring implementation and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is seen to ensure citizen engagement, government responsiveness and impact at the local level, while helping fill important gaps in official data