Charlene is a Nairobi-based Regional Program Lead for East Africa, focused on designing and coordinating effective data projects. She supports the building of technology solutions, and qualitative and quantitative research initiatives in various sectors including transparency & accountability, gender, agriculture, energy, environment, health, and media, among others. Her work at DG includes the VIFAA program, building relationships with fertilizer stakeholders and conducting cross-stakeholder engagement through dashboard co-design workshops; and DG’s work in open contracting including leading the open contracting cluster in the Kenya Open Government Partnership (OGP) and building the Makueni County Open Contracting portal.
Charlene studied Business and Information Technology at Strathmore University and was a Mandela Washington Fellow, as well as YALI East Africa Regional Advisory Board Chair. Previously, she founded a technology firm and has worked with DFID, IREX, and McKinsey & Co. – and was named one of the Top 5 Upcoming Women in IT in Kenya by iHub.
Representatives from Development Gateway: an IREX Venture (DG) will be attending the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) from September 5-9 in Kigali, Rwanda to highlight two projects: the Visualizing Insights on African Agriculture (VIFAA) project and the Farmer-Centric Data Governance Models project.
In response to fertilizer availability challenges in sub-Saharan Africa which are fueled by the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine along with a host of pre-existing factors including COVID-19, VIFAA is now launching the Africa Fertilizer Watch to track regional and country-level market indicators, productivity and production distortions on food production and agriculture.
In looking at the data and talking to stakeholders in Ghana, several key trends are starting to emerge in the country’s fertilizer market and in turn through the data captured in the VIFAA Ghana Dashboard. These trends are important for decision-makers planning for each season, and when thinking about the future of the market. In this blog we’ll dive into these features of the Ghana market, including where (and how) the data fits in.