Extractive Economy: A Comparison between East Africa (Kenya) and Southeast Asia (Cambodia)

Juliet Atellah, Kenya

The aim of Juliet’s project was to apply open data and civic education strategies to strengthen the rights to information of vulnerable communities affected by international corporate and national governments’ economic interests. During her residency, she wrote a research paper that provides a comparative analysis of the impacts of the mining industry in Kenya and Cambodia, which will be published on her host organizations website as well as The Elephant’s website and which she will present at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference 2019 in Washington DC. She also developed a prototype for a future collaborative database system on extractive mining, oil and gas in Kenya and Cambodia, which will serve as a tool to disseminate information to the respective affected communities.

Juliet was hosted by Open Development Cambodia, Cambodia

Open Development Cambodia (ODC) is an open data website - the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. The open data movement is based on the premise that data collected for public interest should be publicly available without restrictions. ODC provides the public with up-to-date, accurate information about Cambodia and its economic and social development. ODC contributes to openness and transparency in both the public and private sectors, in the belief that open data will enhance Cambodia’s development and sustainability benefiting all segments of its society.