Elevator Pitch

The Open Institute is a think-do tank that works with governments, civil society, private sector companies, media organisations and others to realize citizen driven open societies in Africa. We see a future with an open society that is managed by informed, fact-driven citizens. This society features a responsive and accountable government that delivers the services its citizens need at the level of service they deserve. This is us, in a nutshell.

The Changes We Seek

Through our work we aim to achieve two main changes in our societies: we want to see governments that proactively open everything that is relevant to  development into the sunlight and to give value to citizen voices.

The Things We Do

Operating at the intersection of policy thinking, grassroots citizen desires and technological solution building, we work to deliver meaningful solutions that impact both citizens and governments.

We appreciate the value of data to citizen empowerment and therefore innovating its curation and presentation with a view to making it effectively usable.

We develop agile experiments and research into the best ways and means that citizens can contribute to government priorities and to development work.

Our Partners and Friends