The AODN monthly resource list puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of data and open data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Gender, Education, and Health. 

  • What AODN is reading this Month 

How Civil Society Can Use Data Well

Nonprofits need to think critically about the data they work with every step of the way. Does crucial information even exist to begin with? How was the data collected in the first place? Who is it shared with and how? 

The following prompts are meant to provide some guidance on what questions might be worth considering at the onset of every data-driven project, as well as practical advice on how to move beyond reflections.Read more.

Here’s How To Break Into Data Journalism — A Journalist’s Perspective

Both “data” and “journalism” are complicated terms. But we now live in a digital world in which nearly everything and almost anything can be and is described with numbers. From the orders you make online, the signups, the viewership on your favorite news channel, the stories you tell and the movies you watch as well as the terms and conditions that you accept, the passwords you set up, the books you sign in as you enter a building, the medical records you give, the personal information you share; it is all data. Read more.

Five Ways Data is Bolstering African Countries’ Resilience to the Pandemic and Other Global Shocks

Last April, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data joined forces with the UN Economic Commission for Africa, to make sure that governments had the data they needed to fight the pandemic.The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data  is currently engaged in 35 countries across Africa and have built a roster of 30 data suppliers including universities, civil society orgs, and businesses, supporting over 40 partnerships ensuring that timely data facilitates swift decision-making. Read more

Putting Data and Innovation to Work for the SDGs: the Data Innovation Fund

To help enable more low- and middle-income countries benefit from new tools and approaches to produce, manage, and use data, the World Bank’s Development Data Group established the Data Innovation Fund (DIF) in 2016, with support from the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building and in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data.

The DIF issued three international calls for innovative proposals in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Read more.

Gender Financing in Kenya: Mapping funding to improve gender equality

This report assesses the availability and quality of publicly available information, including government
budgets and open data portals, collects primary data on data use, and tracks the available gender
financing to determine how the Government of Kenya and international funders can better meet
gender advocates’ needs. Read more.

Data Equity: Six steps beyond data disaggregation

When the pursuit of equity touches on data—for women or other groups facing structural barriers to opportunity—there is usually a big focus on disaggregation. Disaggregation means breaking down information into smaller sub-populations, for example by age or gender. This is a natural instinct since we need to see people more clearly in the data to understand their conditions and address their needs.

In this article Sarah Lucas shares six aspects of data equity beyond disaggregation that apply to gender equity, to racial equity, and to any effort to see and support a community that struggles for justice.Read more.

In Poor Countries, Statistics Are Both Undersupplied And Underused

According to the World Bank’s latest World Development Report, entitled “Data for Better Lives”, about 1bn people have no official proof of their identity. More than a quarter of the world’s children under five are not registered at birth. Half of the 29 poorest countries have not completed a census in the past ten years—Congo has not done one since 1984—and only 40% have three or more estimates of poverty that can be compared across time. Read more.

Towards A Framework For Governing Data Innovation: Fostering Trust In The Use Of Non-Traditional Data Sources In Statistical Production

With the rise of new technologies, the use of non-traditional data sources in recent years has increased exponentially. This research paper seeks to cultivate a better understanding of the governance factors that improve trust and confidence in the use of non-traditional data sources for official statistical production, with a focus on legal arrangements, quality assurance practices, and policy changes. Read more. 

Stronger Data Systems Needed to Fight Poverty

The World Bank is calling for strengthened national data systems in order to realize the full potential of the data revolution to transform the lives of poor people. Read more.

How COVID-19 is changing the world: a statistical perspective Volume III

More than ever, the world needs reliable and trustworthy data and statistics to inform these important decisions. The United Nations and all member organizations of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA) collect and make available a wealth of information for assessing the multifaceted impacts of the pandemic. This report updates some of the global and regional trends presented in the first and second volumes and offers a snapshot of how COVID-19 continues to affect the world today across multiple domains. The report also highlights the impact of the pandemic on specific regions and population groups.Read more

Navigating The Independence And Relevance Of National Statistical Offices

Today, the majority of central banks across all income groups are independent and the notion that central banks ought to have some degree of independence is fairly uncontroversial. Without independence, governments might misuse their power over the money supply, cause disturbing rates of inflation, and damage long-run development outcomes.

A very similar argument can be made with respect to the independence of national statistical offices (NSOs). Whereas central banks control a country’s money supply, NSOs have traditionally controlled a large part of a country’s data supply. Read more 

How to Harness Data’s Value in a Rapidly Changing Landscape: Reflections on the 2021 World Development Report

Clearly, over the World Development Report’s 360+ pages, there is much to unpack. And as I [Grant Cameron] read it, I asked myself two questions: First, does the WDR make a significant intellectual contribution regarding data’s role in development? Second, do the report’s recommendations practically translate into how the Bank provides financial and technical support to countries or into implementation advice for development institutions and practitioners? Let’s take these questions in turn.Read more

  • Training /Tools

Open Data Policy Lab Releases Third Wave of Open Data Toolkit

 The Third Wave of Open Data Toolkit, provides organizations with specific operational guidance on how to foster responsible, effective, and purpose-driven re-use. The toolkit—authored by Andrew Young, Andrew J. Zahuranec, Stefaan G. Verhulst, and Kateryna Gazaryan—supports the work of data stewards, responsible data leaders at public, private, and civil society organizations empowered to seek new ways to create public value through cross-sector data collaboration. The toolkit provides this support a few different ways.

The Statistical Performance Indicators: A new tool to measure the performance of national statistical systems

To assess the performance of National Statistical Systems and identify areas for improvement, the World Bank has developed the Statistical Performance Indicators (SPI), with the aim to help national statistical systems learn from one another and to facilitate the urgent need for transformation.

Gender Data Kit 

Gender Data Kit is a set of gender-responsive technologies, methods and resources for gender data projects.

  • Events 

GO Open Data 2021 May 6-8, 2021

The 2021 GO Open Data conference will be held virtually for the first time. Go Open Data is an annual conference that is attended by all sectors interested in learning about and promoting the creation and use of open data and sharing knowledge in the open community.

This year’s theme impacts all of us – Open for Community Well-being. 

EU DATAVIZ’21  November 23-24, 2021

EU DataViz will bring together the open data and data visualisation community, including policymakers, researchers, academia, private entities, students and citizens interested in the power of open data as a factor determining our future.

The conference is open to the general public and may be especially attractive to professionals working in public administration. Registrations for participants will open in July

DataFest Kampala April 29- 30, 2021

DataFest Kampala brings together data enthusiasts and data experts to share knowledge on data usage and network, share or acquire some new skills. 

Event Report: The Role of Women In Opening Data

Watch: Exploring Ways to Make Gender Data Accessible and Actionable: Introducing 

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