The State of Open Data in Uganda

Last year, we funded a study into Uganda’s open data community – what initiatives existed, what challenges did they face, how could they cooperate better? The work, completed by DRT, has now been published and can be accessed here.

The study reports a number of findings, including:

  • An open data ecosystem based overwhelmingly in the capital and communicating only with a small minority of Ugandans
  • A lack of coordination between overlapping initiatives, albeit with green shoots of cooperation
  • Limited cash and investment both in government and non-government open data work
  • Real challenges identifying and attracting experience and talent to work on the issue
  • Problems with data quality and reliability

These are some of the issues facing open data actors in Uganda, but to get the full picture take a look at the report.