What Problems Keep People Awake At Night?
Code for Sierra Leone uses data to give citizens hyper-local and hyper-personal information to make better informed decisions about bread & butter issues.
Code for Sierra Leone also builds technology tools to amplify citizen voices.
We empower citizens.
Strong democracies rely on engaged citizens who have actionable information and easy-to-use channels for making their will known. We support civic watchdogs, government and social enterprises to meaningfully engage with citizens.
Our society is asymmetric.
The balance of power rests with government and corporate institutions, at the expense of citizens, where citizens are treated as passive recipients of consultation or services. We build actionable data and action-orientated tools that give ‘agency’ to citizens.
By the people, for the people.
We build ecosystems, because creating digital democracies is too big a task for any one organisation. We invest into existing communities and partners, and reuse existing tools and standards, because all of our work is better if we are all connected.
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What’s the data behind the story? HURUmap gives infomediaries like journalists and civic activists an easy ‘plug & play’ toolkit for finding and embedding interactive data visualisations into their storytelling. HURUmap’s underlying data is quality-checked, from reputable official sources including the government census.
Is your doctor a quack? Are you being overcharged for medicines? Where is your nearest medical specialist? HealthTools give citizens localised answers to everyday health challenges via SMS and the web to help the citizen get the best medical care. Data is from reputable official sources, with additional crowd verification.
Is electricity penetration in Nigeria 40% or 27%? Is Nigeria’s unemployment rate really 10%? What is the real pupil to teacher ratio in the country? Public leaders and journalists often get it wrong, leaving the public and policy makers with incorrect information. PesaCheck’s data-driven fact-checking tackles the problem.
Government data is only one side of the story. Where’s all the comparative data from academic think tanks, civil society researchers, and citizen data initiatives? openAFRICA is the continent’s largest platform for independent data, with a strong Sierra Leonean collection from the nation’s leading non-government data creators.
Taxpayers struggle to understand how government spends their hard-earned money. Citizens also struggle to help government understand what citizens’ real priorities or needs are. africanSPENDING offers a suite of interactive tools that support civic engagement around public finance data, strengthening participatory governance.
Why is everyone reinventing the wheel? Massive amounts of money and time are being wasted on rebuilding solutions for digital democracies and open data. africanCOMMONS showcases carefully selected best-of-breed open source civic technologies that have already been ‘battle tested’ elsewhere, for possible re-use in Sierra Leone.
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Code for Sierra Leone is a member of the continental Code for Africa federation. The federation is Africa’s largest network of indigenous civic technology and open data laboratories, with affiliate members in 10 African countries and funded projects in a further 12 countries. The federation works with governments, grassroots citizen organisations, and the media to help liberate data and empower citizens. Our programmes include fellowships, tool building, data digitisation, and knowledge development, with a strong emphasis on civic engagement.
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Network with a growing community.
Opening data and building civic technology that brings tangible social change requires a diverse collection of minds and skills. Our events, from bootcamps to dataquests, focus on building multi-disciplinary teams and communities.
Learn new things.
Discover tools for working with data processes that turn raw open data into something which can make a difference to someone else’s life. Join one of our workshops or knowledge shares (meetups) to see the world of data and civic engagement in a new way.
Help us open data.
We are community focussed and creating an environment where anyone can open data and create a project, initiative or idea that can be taken forward, either by our core team or a community collaboration. Join us at a lab or dataquest to co-create a better Sierra Leon!