With funding from our wonderful donor Voice.Global, DATA4CHAN.GE formed a partnership with Kampala-based DefendDefenders to kick off our DATA4CHAN.GE East Africa program for 2017. Representatives from 10 different human rights organisations from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda joined us for the pilot of our 'Data Skills' workshop, an interactive two-day marathon covering data cleaning, analysis and visualisation.
After an intense selection process (more than 155 people applied to attend), 35 organisations were shortlisted. From these 35 organisations, the final 10 participants were chosen to attend the workshop held on June 14–15 at Yellow Haven Lodge on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kampala, Uganda. The workshop walked participants through data cleaning and analysis using features and functions in spreadsheets through practical, real-world examples.
Our participants represented organisations that work on monitoring human rights violations among minority and marginalised communities including in Nairobi’s Mathare slum and the Mombassa coast, on representing women working in the hair and beauty industry, on fighting gender based violence, on promoting the rights of sexual minorities, on promoting government transparency and investigative reporting, and on using artistic expression to promote social change.
"It has been a unique experience and has given me a new perspective on collection of data, analysing, and visualisation which I feel will be able to help me and my organisation in our human rights work. The knowledge I have taken from this workshop will be shared with my colleagues at work and hopefully improve our research in the work we do."
Wevyn Muganda from Haki Africa, Kenya
"Personally, I think DATA4CHAN.GE has given us knowledge to boost our advocacy strategies, and as a trans person, there has been a constant demand for data. We have now been equipped with the tools and skills to use in our day-to-day work so as to have evidence-based data."
Apako Willams, Tranz Network, Uganda
"The power of data in influencing social change can bring about innovative solutions. The workshop was useful because it has changed my way of work towards a more advanced data use system than before!"
Petrider Paul, Voice Out Against Gender Based Violence, Tanzania
From top left: Petrider Paul, Voice Out Against Gender Based Violence, Tanzania; Apako Willams, Tranz Network, Uganda; Mariam Nakibuuka, DefendDefenders, Uganda; Ayesiga Herbert, Icebreakers Uganda, Uganda; Mwangi Stephen, Mathare Social Justice Center, Kenya; Gloria, Freedom and Roam Uganda, Uganda; Lynnette Micheni, Pawa254, Kenya; Diana Namanda, Hub for Investigative Media, Uganda; Wevyn Muganda, HAKI Africa, Kenya; Marjory Mwangi, Kenya Union of Hair and Beauty Salon Workers, Kenya.