Cross-cutting Issues

The purpose of the cross cutting pillar working groups is to convene and develop the data communities that have cross-cutting impact within the broader data ecosystem. These pillars address issues such as gender equality, ICT, inclusivity, financial resource management and climate change and affect data and innovation in other thematic areas.

The data communities will broadly articulate the role of development data in these cross-cutting areas in line with the principles articulated in the proposed African Data Consensus.

The data communities resulting from this cross-cutting working groups will provide the foundation for a more detailed review of common functions, services and capabilities to be developed and maintained within the broader national data ecosystem. For instance they should work towards creating a framework for development data that:

  • Enables individuals and organizations to actively engage in local decisions that impact on local communities. County and national Governments need to engage with the community by providing information to and consulting with individuals and organizations. The data community will ensure a data driven mechanism that guarantees members of the community are involved in local and national decision-making.
  • Public Officers at County and National Government as strategic decision-makers work to understand and meet the current and future needs of communities by using data in considering both local circumstances and the impacts on local communities of the broader State, national and international environment. Through sound decision-making, public officers enhance the social, environmental and economic values of Kenya, including support to individuals and organizations to generate private value while preserving and enhancing commonly held public value.
  • Public and Private Sector entities in Kenya are administrators that deliver services, which must meet and reflect local needs and expectations. Such actors need to actively engage, through evidence, with local communities to determine the priorities, quantity and quality of services that can be reasonably provided.
  • National and County Governments articulate & translate national, regional and international legislation into a local context. Such legislation therefore requires timely data to maintain their relevance and citizen engagement that ensures their timely implementation.
  • National and County Governments engage with each other and with the region, continental and International actors to represent the needs of their communities, and to ensure that government activities are coordinated and have the greatest positive benefit for communities.

The national forum shall not include dedicated break-out sessions for the cross-cutting issues. However, the working groups shall ensure their members are present in the five thematic pillar sessions and provide input from their cross-cutting perspective.