Charlene is a Nairobi-based Senior Consultant, focused on designing and coordinating effective research and data projects. She builds IT solutions that empower African citizens, and has led qualitative and quantitative research initiatives in various sectors including transparency & accountability, gender, agriculture, energy, ICT, environment, health, and media, among others. Her work at DG includes managing the VIFAA program in Kenya, building relationships with fertilizer stakeholders and conducting cross-stakeholder engagement through dashboard co-design workshops; and leading DG’s work in Kenya on the Makueni County Open Contracting portal, a first-of-its-kind subnational portal that tracks each step of the Makueni County procurement process.
Charlene studied Business and Information Technology at Strathmore University and was a YALI Mandela Washington Fellow, as well as YALI East Africa Regional Advisory Board Chair. In addition to M&E, Charlene also specializes in data uptake for youth and women, data management software development, and working with local governments. Previously, she founded a technology firm and has worked with DFID, IREX and McKinsey & Co., and has been named one of the Top 5 Upcoming Women in IT in Kenya by iHub.
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.
Procurement deserves a strategic seat at the top table across all of the Italian G20 presidencies. Anti-corruption priorities and open contracting solutions can drive progress in a number of areas.