Open Data Leaders Network: ODI grant announced to support a government-led open data project

Providing a grant of up to £6,500 to support an open data leader in solving problems with data and creating positive real-world impact


Following the launch of three successful open data initiatives this month, the ODI is pleased to announce the second round of the Open Data Leaders Network grant programme. This round offers a grant of up to £6,500 for one member of the network to create a government-led open data project.

In the previous round, grants were awarded to three exceptional projects from across Latin America and Africa. One project, Bring Open Data to Your School, will create an app empowering adolescents in Argentina to generate and use data about themselves and their communities. Another project aims to crowdsource zip code polygons in Mexico, filling present gaps in datasets and helping to build Mexico’s data infrastructure. Finally, SabriAgric will map existing farms and produce in Edo State in Nigeria, creating a repository of farmers’ data that will aid decision making in government.

These winning projects will put open data into action, solving local and global challenges and creating rapid impact.

In its time supporting successful government-led open data initiatives, the ODI has found three key pillars that help achieve impact:

  • Vision – projects have a clear social, environmental or economic problem to solve
  • Collaboration – partnering with organisations and individuals within and outside government to succeed, including CSOs, civic tech, developers, researchers, etc
  • People focused – engaging with and meeting the needs of citizens

The programme

The ODI’s Open Data Leaders Network grants programme will offer up to £6,500 to support, develop or amplify a government-led open data project that will create rapid impact.

Open Data Leaders Network grants are designed to make it easier for open data leaders to pursue practical projects that put open data into action to for social, economic or environmental benefits.

Projects might include:

  • A visualisation of open data that helps to enable better decision making
  • Development of a data-driven tool or app that enables people to get more value from government open data
  • Community engagement or activity that gets people involved in using data to address a social issue

What the ODI is offering

  • Up to £6,500 for one member of the Open Data Leaders Network programme to create a government-led open data project in a developing country
  • Remote mentoring on design and implementation
  • A platform for leaders to tell their stories and an opportunity to promote your work

Applicable countries

The grants are available for members of the fourth cohort of the Open Data Leaders Network, from the following list of countries. Read about experiences of participants from the Open Data Leaders Network here. Leaders may be from the national or city level.

  • Argentina
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa

Judging criteria

Applicants will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Can feasibly be completed within the budget provided and within four months of the commission date
  • Solves a social problem
  • Likely impact of the project itself and subsequent stories generated
  • Demonstrated experience within the team

Apply here

Key dates and criteria:

  • Application closes at midday (GMT) on 31 October 2016
  • Successful applicants will be notified 7 November 2016

Please read the terms and conditions before applying.

For further information or questions, please contact [email protected].

The OD4D programme is managed by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). It is a donor partnership with the World Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DfID), and Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD).