Ennova III Challenge on Transport
The infrastructure sector is expected to play a pivotal role in steering Kenya’s economy towards a middle-income level as envisaged in vision 2030. Furthermore, owing to the second Medium Term Plan(MTPII) under the theme: “Deploying world class infrastructure facilities and service”, the strategies adopted for the successful improvement of transport and infrastructure both at county and national government have brought both achievements to the sector as well as challenges that continue to plague the transport sector. Thus, a working group was set up to develop a data community that was tasked in developing a framework for development data that would among others enable individuals and organizations to actively engage in local decisions that impact on local communities. In line with this a meeting held on November 2016 that brought together directors from the public and private sectors in the transport industry agreed on priority actions concerning data and sustainable transport at a national level and thus the Ennova III ideation challenge on Transport and critical infrastructure was brought to light. This Ennova III Ideation Challenge will focus on Goal 9 and 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals (Industry, Innovation, Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities and Communities). It will seek to improve sustainable development applied to the transport system thus promoting linkages between environmental protection, economic efficiency and social progress. The policy leads from Government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) posed the challenges associated with existing data, highlighting data gaps to assist participants to develop proto-types and experimental approaches and tools. The Ennova III Ideation Challenge will bring together technology experts, policy makers, data scientists and innovators to collaborate in catalyzing collection, analysis and use of open data, by creating tools, platforms and visualizations for use by decision-makers.
Ennova II Ideation challenge
Infonet under the umbrella of the National Partnership Development Data (NPSDD) in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries hosted the Ennova II Ideation Challenge on Agriculture. The aim of this event was to create an avenue to develop an integrated, coherent agricultural statistical base. The challenge focused on SDG2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improve food nutrition). The Ennova II Ideation Challenge was held at Ihub and it hosted various players from the agricultural sector. This included The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Fisheries represented by CS Willy Bett, organizations such as KEPHIS, ICRAF, IPA-K among others, students from JKUAT and other Universities, and the media. The Agricultural sector in Kenya (crop production, livestock and fisheries) has continued to be critical and significant in the Kenyan Economy. It represents about 24% of National GDP, 18% of wage employment and 50% of revenue from exports. Agriculture is also a key provider of employment and livelihoods for the Kenyan population and therefore contributes to the reduction of poverty. The Ennova II Ideation Challenge sought to bridge the gaps that exist in the agricultural sector in regard to data and technology.
Ennova II Challenge on Agriculture Ideation
The agricultural sector in Kenya continues to be a fundamental pillar enshrined in the tenets of sustainable development which has the potential to transform the economy and lead to accelerated growth. In order to realize set targets, the Government through the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF) developed its Strategic Plan (2013 -2017) which was based on the Kenya Vision 2030, MTP II, Jubilee Manifesto, the Constitution, and Agriculture sector policies which aim to realize an innovative, commercially oriented and modern agricultural sector. In order to achieve these changes farmers will have to adopt climate smart agricultural technologies while efforts will have to be put in place to increase involvement of the youth and PWDs in income generating ventures in the crops, livestock and fisheries sub sectors. This sector based ENNOVA Ideation & Challenge aims to directly address the 2nd goal in the 17 proposed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which is to; End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture while incorporating other related SDGs. The planned ENNOVA Ideation & Challenge on Agriculture will bring players from the Central Government, MoALF sub-sectors, Parastatals, Technological organizations, Institutions of Higher learning, Lobby & Policy groups, NGOs, CSOs and select members of the public. The areas to be addressed in the challenge were crowd sourced from the past Statehouse Summit on agricultural and sectorial needs listed in the Strategic Plan for Improving Agriculture and Rural Statistics (SPARS) 2015-2022. This ideation aims at developing solutions to current gaps in relation to Agriculture. It begins with receiving submissions of ideas on existing challenges in Agriculture that have been identified. Deadline is 2nd May 2017. Thereafter, there will be a meeting of directors from both the Public and Private Sector to present data challenges followed by a second meeting of Academia, Researchers and practitioners in Agriculture. This will be followed by a Hackathon that responds to the gaps which are required to improve decision making in response to the challenges ailing the Agricultural Sector in Kenya. The Key Partners are: I-Hub Hivos East &Central Africa Ford Foundation The Kenya School of Government The Event will be held on 10th May, 2017 at the iHub and will be hosted by The Agriculture CS Mr. Willy Bett.
Ennova Ideation for Climate Change
Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) adopted in September 2015, by the United Nations General Assembly, will require intense mining of data from public, private, and citizen-generated sources. The essence of investing in high-quality data, from an array of sources, is to enable the country scale effectiveness of projects set to meet these goals. Additionally, the move is expected to see an increase in transparency and accountability by the government thus driving a citizen-centric nation. InfoNET, in a joint effort with the Kenya School of Government (KSG), under the National Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (NPSDD), recently anchored an ideation for climate action dubbed ENNOVA. Ennova is a series of targeted innovation challenges organized by the National Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (NPSDD), that seek to harness the data revolution to catalyze actions to mitigate development challenges in Kenya. The NPSDD is an inclusive data ecosystem involving government, private sector, academia, civil society, local communities and development partners that tackles the informational aspects of development decision-making in a coordinated way. Ennova seeks to address data gap on two levels, tactical short-term level and a strategic long-term level. In efforts to tackle this data gap, the ideation was held to serve the first level: Identifying and exploring innovative ways of communicating, sharing, and (potentially) sourcing data relevant to the specific challenge at hand with National El Nino Response as the focal issue. This inaugural event held on 15th January at the KSG grounds, addressed the challenges of data for decision making that face the current National Response for El Nino in the short term as well as build national resilience in addressing disasters. The ideation brought together great minds in the private sector, government, civil society and development partners to develop solutions to current gaps in relation to climate change. It was identified that the government faces a dire Data Knowledge and Capacity gap which consequently affects effective harnessing of data. This was evident during the El Nino response period. Research on El Nino (done by the El Nino Situation Room) unearthed disparities in the documentation of past El Nino phenomena. The El Nino Situation Room (based at the Office of the Deputy President) was set up to mince data to help mitigate the rains. This data aided in setting up of necessary measures in response to the rains and also guided provision of funds to affected counties. Moreover, the data was synthesized to form credible predictions on areas to be affected leading to relocation of families to safer areas. The lack of past substantial data on mitigation of El Nino compromised effectiveness in preparation and response for future Disasters. Measures taken to resolve this gap included collection of data from the ground by using county coordinators to help provide information on real-time occurrences. This enabled the El Nino Situation Response team collate raw data from across the country and condense it to form credible reports that would help decision makers to respond. The agencies that were served by these reports included the government, inter-governmental agencies and media houses. Through harnessing of data sources the government succeeded in limiting the effects of the recent El Nino phenomenon which had been touted to exceed its predecessor of 1997. All data mined is stored in a central system that could be retrieved in the future and acts to serve as baseline for future response measures. The Ennova challenge realized sustainable solutions to this effect where 27 projects were submitted in the second half of the event, through a hackathon. Through thorough review of the projects, the most feasible will be actualized in efforts to narrowing the existing data-knowledge gap.