Open Data Leaders Network: ODI grants announced to support government-led open data projects

Providing three grants of up to £6,500 each to support Open Data Leaders solve problems with data and create positive real-world impact



The ODI has supported individuals leading open data initiatives and implementing change in government since 2014 through the Partnership for Open Data, and then the Open Data for Development Network. Our programmes have spanned three cohorts of the ‘Open Data Leaders Network’, and in-country support programmes.

In this time, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to achieve impact from government-led open data initiatives.

We have found three key pillars present in successful open data initiatives that help to 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 each to support, develop or amplify three government-led open data projects that create rapid impact.

These grants are designed to make it easier for open data leaders to pursue practical projects that put open data into action to release more social, economic or environmental value from their data releases.

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 process or activity that gets people involved in using data to address a social issue

What we’re offering

  • Up to £6,500 each to fund three members of our Open Data Leaders Network programme to create 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 Open Data Leaders Network, from the following list of countries (due to the requirements of our IDRC funding). Read about experiences of participants from the Open Data Leaders Network here. Leaders may be from the national or city level.

  • Macedonia
  • Ecuador
  • Ukraine
  • Moldova
  • Indonesia
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Tanzania
  • Serbia
  • Morocco
  • India
  • Burkina Faso
  • Phillippines
  • Brazil
  • Nigeria

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 on 19 July 2016

  • Interviews with shortlisted applicants will take place on 25 July 2016

  • Successful applicants will be notified by 27 July 2016

Please read our 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).