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The Kenyan Judiciary’s Open Government Initiative: prospects and challenges

Elsebah Maseh (Moi University, School of Information Sciences, Eldoret, Kenya and InterPARES Africa Team, Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)
Shadrack Katuu (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria and Department of Information Science, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa)

Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management

ISSN: 2053-4620

Article publication date: 13 March 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper is based on an empirical study undertaken between April 2014 to December 2014 that aims to investigate the Open Government Initiative in the Kenyan Judiciary and its contribution to Judiciary transformation for enhanced justice delivery.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper draws from both literature and data collected from representative professionals in the Kenyan Judiciary through interviews and questionnaires.

Findings

The findings indicated that the Kenyan Judiciary was at its initial stages of implementing its Open Government Initiative, and several strategies for the implementation were identified. Further, the findings revealed the benefits of opening up the Judiciary for public participation which pointed toward an improved justice delivery.

Originality/value

This paper presents findings of the investigation of Open Government Initiative in the Kenyan Judiciary as a contributory factor to the then on-going Judiciary transformation aimed at enhanced justice delivery. The paper provides a nexus between open government and records management and demonstrates the importance of sound records management for successful Open Government Initiative.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the editor and anonymous reviewers of this journal for their constructive comments to improve the paper. With regards to Shadrack Katuu, the views expressed herein are those of the author and should not be attributed to his current employer, the International Atomic Energy, nor any of his previous employers.

Citation

Maseh, E. and Katuu, S. (2017), "The Kenyan Judiciary’s Open Government Initiative: prospects and challenges", Journal of Science and Technology Policy Management, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 76-94. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSTPM-04-2016-0007

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