Vitals Impact


Non-profit, social enterprise, charity, or foundation


We believe that through empowering citizens, building trust and accountability in civic space, and building capacity with government, we will enable participation in decision-making, evidence-based urban intervention, and inclusive co-design that will improve the lives of residents in urban spaces.

Open Cities Lab is a non-profit open and non-partisan organisation that combines the use of action research, co-design, data science, and technology with civic engagement, to enable the development of inclusive cities and urban spaces.

We are headquartered in Glenwood, Durban, South Africa where the majority of our team is, along with a smaller office in Rosebank, Johannesburg South Africa.

We have been operating for over five years, fuelled by the support of partners, donors and other supporters. Currently, we have national reach through our projects in South African cities and urban spaces and a global presence in knowledge creation. You can find out more about our work and impact in our case studies below.

[Formerly Open Data Durban]