Photo: Dutch development investment in Kenya is extremely diverse, including fields such as social change through cultural arts. (Centre) Jane Mbugua and Rahim Otieno of Sarakasi Trust; Shitemi Khamadi, PAWA254; Lynnet Ngigi, Kuona Trust accompanied by the Sarakasi dancers and acrobats. Photo credit: Mwarv Kirubi, 4 July 2014.

Today we are at the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi to attend its NGO Day. Akvo gets big billing as it will be explained that the full portfolio of €100 million of Dutch development cooperation projects in Kenya is now online through Akvo RSR, with a move towards full compliance with IATI soon. Here’s the announcement for the local press.

Netherlands Embassy in Kenya is first to publish full development portfolio online, towards IATI standard

  • €100 million of aid and cooperation programmes are now published online
  • Data meets latest global standards in aid transparency and accountability
  • Embassy is first to trial new Akvo public display tool, to showcase activity in any location

Nairobi, Kenya, 20th May 2015 – The Netherlands Embassy in Kenya has become the first of a series of Dutch embassies to bring their full portfolio of development cooperation projects online. In a joint initiative between the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and non-profit internet foundation Akvo, €100 million of development programmes can now be browsed on the internet, and activity updates shared by the local groups involved, for all to see. A major aspect is that project data can be published to the International Aid Transparency Standard (IATI), through Akvo Really Simple Reporting (RSR). It is planned that the IATI XML data will feed to, a global data transparency portal, developed by Akvo and Amsterdam-based Zimmerman and Zimmerman. The data will also be easy to exchange with other organisations and systems that work with the IATI standard, including The World Bank, DFID, UN agencies and national governments.

The website is available at and via a new Projects Overview tab on the Embassy’s website,

“Our goal is to be transparent about how the Dutch government invests and partners in Kenya,” said Mariëlle Geraedts, Head of Development Cooperation at the Netherlands Embassy in Kenya. “Anyone, from our own teams and partners, Kenyan citizens, Dutch government officials, Dutch tax payers and the international development community can see the range of work we do here in Kenya, and explore it in more depth.”

The Dutch Ministry in Kenya has a broad and fascinating portfolio of aid and cooperation projects underway. As of 20 May 2015, more than €100 million of programmes were online. This ranges from social transformation initiatives at the PAWA254 Arts and Culture Centre with a budget of €132,847, to an €8.5 million programme to reconcile wildlife and livelihoods. Programmes involve 75 local organisations including NGOs, private sector, multilateral organisations, and local Government.

Launched at annual NGO Day 

The new systems will be publicly launched by the Embassy at its annual NGO Day in Nairobi, on Wednesday 20th May 2015. Akvo has already trained around 60 people from the Embassy’s local partner organisations in Kenya, in using RSR to show their work and make project updates.

The initiative has utilised a number of key new Akvo systems for the first time, including the ability to export all data in a range of standard file formats. Akvo has been working closely with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs IGG Water division to extend its Akvo Really Simple Reporting (RSR) software tool to enable the easy capture and publishing of development aid activity data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative standard. This process will continue with the goal of full standards compliance during summer 2015.

To maximise the impact of the use of Akvo RSR, the Netherlands Embassy in Kenya has become the first trial entity for a new system called Akvo Opencast. This allows easy placement of screens displaying current project activity in any location around the embassy or at other functions or events.

About Akvo RSR: Akvo Really Simple Reporting is a web and Android-based system that makes it easy for development aid teams to bring complex networks of projects online and instantly share progress with everyone involved and interested. Live updates from project teams including photos and video keep everyone informed about the latest developments and bring to life the work of those involved. Automatically generated maps show what you’re doing where. When you enter project information, RSR makes it fit the IATI standard, so you can fulfill your own reporting and communication needs and publish your work via IATI all in one go, simply.

About Akvo Opencast: Akvo Opencast is a web-based tool that allows organisations to build and share stories from their Akvo RSR (Really Simple Reporting) projects, via public display screens. The first Akvo Opencast prototype has been developed by Akvo and Amsterdam-based creative team Zimmerman & Zimmerman, with the support of Water Department (IGG) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. There’s an initial brochure that explains the concept available here: Opencast_brochure_Eng_05-2015.

About Akvo Kenya Foundation: Akvo Kenya Foundation supports partners that use Akvo tools in countries in East and Southern Africa. These include NGOs, multilateral agencies and governments, working on poverty-alleviation issues. This supports partners in making more efficient and transparent. is an Amsterdam-based international non-profit foundation dedicated to developing internet and monile tools, that make aid and development cooperation more efficient and transparent.

Phylis Gichuru-Webi / Luuk Diphoorn, Akvo Kenya Foundation, + 254 (0) 7 219 88 489 /, +254 (0) 7 087 83 366

Netherlands Embassy contact: Dimitri Fenger, 
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