Code for Africa, iHub to launch Takwimu, a new African data platform


Code for Africa, Africa Practice and iHub are launching Takwimu, a new African data platform backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates.

According to Code for Africa, Takwimu is expected to give users accurate, up-to-date information about development-focused political decision-making in Kenya and a number of countries across Africa.

Code for Africa already works with a number of media houses in Kenya to provide data on key health, agriculture, education, and financial inclusion metrics. Takwimu will go an extra mile by adding development-focused political decision making data in not only Kenya but from various countries from Africa.

“The aim is to provide African development champions and storytellers with the best analysis and data available, supporting their work to educate, influence and advocate for change in their communities,”the firm said.

The firms says Takwimu aims to provide African development experts and journalists accurate data and its analysis to support their work in the society as its already visualised and packaged for easy consumption and sharing.

The site analyzes key stakeholders, decision processes, policies, organisations and budgets in a move to drive development projects and public information on health, agriculture, education and financial inclusion among others in Kenya, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Now available in English, the service plans to make French, Swahili and Amharic versions available before the end of this year.

iHub led the building of Takwimu and its human centred design process while the ten Takwimu country profiles were researched and written by the africapractice team of analysts between November 2017 and May 2018. Content sourcing, visualization, updating and review are done by Code for Africa data team. Takwimu is built on HURUmap to help users discover the stories behind the data.

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