Code for South Africa

Code for South Africa is a non-profit civic technology organisation registered in South Africa (133-850 NPO). The organisation is situated in Cape Town with affiliates in Durban and Pretoria. The organisation was founded in late 2013 with the mission “to promote informed decision-making through the use of data and technology in order to drive social change”. The organisation’s underlying philosophy is that despite calls for increased transparency by governments and corporations, the lack of strong demand for data is the greatest weakness amongst society’s watchdogs.

Code for South Africa is a non-profit civic technology organisation registered in South Africa (133-850 NPO). The organisation is situated in Cape Town with affiliates in Durban and Pretoria. The organisation was founded in late 2013 with the mission “to promote informed decision-making through the use of data and technology in order to drive social change”. The organisation’s underlying philosophy is that despite calls for increased transparency by governments and corporations, the lack of strong demand for data is the greatest weakness amongst society’s watchdogs. Code for South Africa focuses on building capacity amongst civil society and the media to better understand data and how it can be used to tell compelling stories that will stimulate national dialogue and result in policy change and long-term impact. To achieve this, the organisation works in a number of separate but related areas including working with civil society organisations to strengthen their advocacy work. For example, the organisation has helped the Parliamentary Monitoring Group in South Africa make 17 years of parliamentary data publicly available, Health-e to monitor medicine stock-outs and the Black Sash to empower communities to demand better service delivery from the South African social security agency. They have also worked with the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII) to make available case law and judgements and have also begun working on making municipal by-laws more readily accessible to South African citizens. In early 2016, Code for South Africa launched Africa’s first bricks-and-mortar data journalism academy. The objective of the academy is to train journalists to be able to analyse data and find stories in it. In addition to strengthening demand for data, Code for SOUTH Africa works with government entities to make data more readily available to the public. Examples of this include working with the municipal governments of Cape Town and Durban on their open data implementation and participation on the national task team to implement South Africa’s national open data portal as part of their Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitments. Through its Codebridge technology hub situated in both Cape Town and Durban, the organisation promotes data literacy by hosting events such as hackathons, data quests, accountability stacks and data easter egg hunts which encourage participants ranging from software developers and data analysts to CSOs and media to work with data.

Contacts

  • 1 Hood Avenue/148 Jan Smuts; Rosebank, GP 2196; South Africa
  • T. +27 (0)11 587 5000
  • F. +27 (0)11 587 5099