The monthly resource list for May 2021 puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of (open)data and for development.

  • What AODN is reading this Month 
LDRI: Working Brief on the Impact of Covid on CSOs in Sub-Saharan Africa 

LDRI has developed a working brief that highlights the impact of the pandemic on CSOs in data ecosystems across Sub-Saharan Africa; how these CSOs are adjusting to the new changes and provides recommendations for how different stakeholders can evolve and adapt to the new context in which they operate. Read more.

Paris21 & MO Foundation : Working Paper Bridging The Data-policy Gap In Africa:  Recommendations to national statistical offices and governments to enhance the production and use of data for evidence-based policymaking 

National statistics are an essential component of policymaking: they provide the evidence required to design policies that address the needs of citizens, monitor results, and hold governments to account. Data and policy are closely linked. However, there is evidence that the capacity of African governments for data-driven policymaking remains limited by a wide data-policy gap. This report aims to describe and unpack the data-policy gap and to provide recommendations to NSOs and governments on how to bridge it. It merges PARIS21’s leading expertise in statistical capacity development globally and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s (MIF) longstanding advocacy and commitment to strengthening the data landscape for policymaking in Africa.  Read more.

DATA2X: State of Gender Data Financing 2021

This report takes a detailed look at the state of gender data financing, starting with a landscape assessment of the gender data ecosystem, the core elements of that system, its stakeholders, and the links of gender data to policy. The report then highlights existing funding for gender data, the gender data systems that this funding currently supports, and the gap between current financing and the level of financing that is needed to fully fund gender data systems from now until 2030. The report also provides an overview of the financing options available to fill the funding gap and it concludes with suggestions on six areas of action for the way forward. Read more.

Data4Sdgs: Real-time Agriculture Data for COVID-19 Response in Kenya: Lessons to build the case for more and better financing for agriculture data

In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an existing food insecurity crisis in Kenya by limiting the free movement of people and goods locally and internationally. The immediacy of lockdown protocols to curb the spread of the pandemic also meant limiting the regular flow of and access to food. However, to understand the extent of the crisis, policymakers needed to know how much food was available and where in a timely manner. Read more.

Hivos East Africa: Perception survey on use of data in Kenya’s management of COVID-19

Good decision-making and action require timely and efficient access to reliable information. Despite increased access to information due to increased connectivity to the worldwide web, government-provided data and information still retain a significant level of trustworthiness, credibility, and authenticity. Hivos East Africa’s Protecting Rights, Openness and Transparency Enhancing Civic Transformation (PROTECT) program commissioned a survey to understand the perceptions of key stakeholders and infomediaries on the usability of Covid-19 related data as provided by the government of Kenya in the period of the corona pandemic. Read more.

A lack of basic agricultural data is holding African countries back

Many low-income countries are limited by gaping holes in agricultural and rural data that could inform planning, budgeting, and policymaking in this vital sector. The scarcity of high-quality, timely agricultural data is directly complicating countries’ plans for economic growth and efforts to reduce poverty. Read more.

World Bank: Building gender aware data systems is critical to create a level playing field for women and girls

Data can create economic and social value, which can be multiplied through repurposing and reuse. But are these social and economic benefits derived from data equitably shared, particularly in countries that would stand to gain the most from the production, use, and repurposing of data? Read more.

World Bank:  Improving data infrastructure helps ensure equitable access for poor people in poor countries

Data Infrastructure policy, one of the building blocks of a data governance framework, helps to level the playing field in the modern data economy making things more equitable.  Without modern data infrastructure at the national level, countries are unable to provide affordable and reliable connectivity to their population. At the same time, without access to broadband infrastructure at the local level, people cannot gain access to the wealth of data that exists, nor can data about those people be captured, so that their needs and preferences can be taken into account in the design and provision of public and private services. Read more.

UN SDSN & Springer Nature: Harnessing Science for a Sustainable Future: Bridging the Policy, Research, and Community Divide

Science and technology are powerful agents of change, but realizing their full potential depends on a host of actors, including researchers and engineers in both the public and private sectors, entrepreneurs, financiers, policymakers, educators, as well as the general public. It’s crucial that these stakeholders find a common language and modalities for working together to solve pressing problems. We must also recognize the heterogeneity of knowledge systems and work toward raising scientific literacy and awareness of the value of science among citizens, local communities, and policymakers. Read more.

  • Trainings
Development Gateway: What’s Your Story and How Can Data Help Tell It?
  • Webinars

UN World Data Forum webinar Series:

 What will be the new normal for statistical training? May 20, 09:00am EDT

OpenGov Week events for Africans:

High-Level Discussion on Beneficial Ownership Transparency in Africa  May 19, 03:00pm EAT
OGP and Anti-Corruption Initiatives in South Africa: Tools for Action May 26, 05:00pm EAT
Open Government in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities  May 21, 10:00am GMT + 01:00 
Media Engagement in Official Statistics: How and Why? May 25, 2:00pm GMT +03:00
World Development Report 2021: Data for Better Lives—Research Directions and Measuring Country Capacity May 25, 10:00 am ET

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