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International Week of the Girl 2020 Resource List

International Week of the Girl 2020 Resource List

As part of International Week of the Girl 2020, this resource list puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe drawing attention to different issues creating barriers for women and girls and how they can be addressed.

What AODN is reading on International Week of the Girl 2020

She told us so, Rapid gender analysis: Filling the Data Gap to Build Back Equal

CARE has warned from the beginning that the pandemic would have a disproportionate impact on women and girls. But foresight is only as good as the action it enables. The efficacy of CARE’s and others’ COVID-19 responses depends on understanding how marginalized people are affected, in all their diversity, across contexts, and over time. Women’s needs are routinely overlooked without deliberate efforts to fill persistent gender data gaps. So we sought the advice of experts: women themselves. Read more 

5 Ways the World Has Gotten Better for Women & Girls — and 5 Ways It Hasn’t

While the status of women and girls around the world has been improving, the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration also highlights how much work is still needed to create an equal world for women and girls. Many of the advances in gender equality are also being reversed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more. 

We lack an essential component to power COVID-19 response

Disaggregated data has been used to transform national responses to other health crises like HIV. Data from sub-Saharan Africa has shown that men and boys living with HIV are less likely than women and girls to know their HIV status and be accessing treatment. In response, some countries are working to tackle systemic and societal issues at play, including by scaling up community-based testing, and engagement of men in maternal and child health services. In the case of COVID-19, however, we continue to lack an essential component to power similar solutions, because not all countries are reporting COVID-19 data separately for women and men. Read more 

Gender Should be Central to Africa’s Covid-19 economic recovery initiatives 

Unless a gender perspective is embraced in COVID-19 recovery initiatives, the ongoing global health pandemic will amplify existing gender disparities leading to worse outcomes for women in terms of livelihoods and well-being. Read more

COVID-19, Gender, and a More Equitable Response for Sub-Saharan Africa

We are learning more every day and obtaining more data on how COVID-19 affects all people, vulnerable communities, and especially women. But we must keep in mind that the data are incomplete and often not disaggregated by sex or other socio-economic factors. This, in and of itself, demonstrates how many communities and policymakers do not understand the disproportionate impact this pandemic is having on women. Read more 

Where’s the “real-time” data on gender equality?

COVID-19 has exacerbated the pressures for timely data on gender equality, but the need for more up to date gender data is not new. Lack of timely gender data was raised by policymakers and gender equality advocates alike in stakeholder surveys conducted by Equal Measures 2030 in 2017 and 2018. Read more 

The COVID-19 gender mortality gap — is civil registration the answer?

Given the strong likelihood that inequalities in registration could be impacting COVID-19 mortality data, we can expect limited registration of female deaths that are directly and indirectly attributed to the virus. This, in turn, further exacerbates the trend of under-registration of female deaths and the existing bias towards men, both in terms of the numbers of confirmed deaths and excess mortality recorded. Read more

Available Training 

Communicating gender statistics for gender equality

This course is designed to guide journalists and statisticians to use statistics to report on the unique situation and needs of women and men. Through 4 modules, the course introduces journalists and statisticians to the unique and complementary roles they each can play in promoting gender equality through gender data, highlighting opportunities for collaboration and partnership between the two communities.

Gender-Based Analysis Plus

This course is designed as a basic introduction to GBA+. You will learn to define the key concepts of GBA+ and recognize how various identity factors can influence the experience of federal government initiatives. You will learn to identify how GBA+ can enhance the responsiveness, effectiveness, and outcomes of federal government initiatives while applying some foundational GBA+ concepts and processes.

Events 

IMF Inspired- Bridging the Gender Data Gap 

The session reviews the damaging effects of gender data gaps on work, at home, and on government policies, and how the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating gender inequality. The session features Ms. Criado Perez who received the FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award in 2019 for Invisible Women: Data Bias in a world designed for men. Watch it here.

UN WORLD DATA FORUM: Mind the Gap: Assessing progress towards gender equality with innovative approaches. (20th October 2020)

The Programme of the UN World Data Forum is organized around six main thematic areas covering a wide range of topics and developed through an open call for session proposals. The forum is designed to bring together representatives, users, and producers, from various sectors working with data to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Contributions under each thematic area should showcase practical solutions and hands-on experiences, and contribute to delivering better data for evidence-based policymaking, and address pressing issues faced by the global data and statistical communities.

Throughout the forum, participants will have opportunities to interact in a variety of session formats, including plenary sessions, round table dialogues, debates, break-out spaces, innovation labs and workshops, knowledge sharing spaces, exhibits, and virtual forums. Register here

AODN September Resource List

AODN September Resource List

This 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 (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health. 

  • What AODN is reading this Month

Our Reading list this month focuses on the place of data and evidence in the push for gender equality.

Focus On: Gender Data 

Devex has put together informative resources on Gender Data under this focus area. This initiative is powered by UN Women, it highlights how data is being used to inform policy and advocacy to advance gender equality in different parts of the world. 

Advocating for a Stronger Evidence Base for Gender Equality: An analysis of Gender Data and Knowledge gaps 

Women Deliver conducted a desk review of existing gender data gaps with an intersectional lens. This working paper contains more than 150 gender data and knowledge gaps across nine thematic areas. The gaps demonstrate where the collection of new data, or the expansion of an evidence base, is necessary to advance gender equality efforts. This working paper can be used by advocates, policymakers, and implementers to make the case for the collection of data and evidence, including through research, with a gender lens across various topic areas. 

The Absence of women in Covid-19 Response

COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting women and girls. Given that, it is all the more important that COVID-19 responses are gendered, and that women and girls can participate in making the decisions that affect them, as is their right. Although women are on the frontlines of the crisis in their homes, communities, and health care facilities, they are often excluded from the community and national decision-making processes and governance structures that determine the response. Read more on the conspicuous absence of women in Covid-19 response and why we need them. 

Knowledge Brief: Invest in Gender Data for COVID-19 Recovery and SDG Progress

This brief illustrates the broad picture of current gender data needs as it relates to COVID-19 response and SDG progress, and recommends actions governments can take to fill these gaps and build a more equitable future.

The Case for Data: How CRVS systems can help improve gender equity 

As governments around the world rush to control the spread of COVID-19 and provide medical, nutritional, and financial support where it is most needed, the importance of a well-functioning CRVS system has been thrown into sharp relief. Devex explores how the access to and the smart use of accurate and complete data about the age and family structure of populations in specific towns or villages, as well as the locations and cause can bring long-benefits

From insights to action: Gender equality in the wake of COVID-19

This publication summarizes the data, research, and policy work produced by UN Women on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls, including how it is affecting extreme poverty, employment, health, unpaid care, and violence against women and girls. The publication also brings into focus the paucity of gender data and calls for greater investment and prioritization of data on the gendered effects of the crisis. 

Equal Measures 2030: Bending the Curve towards Gender Equality

2020 marks 25 years since the landmark 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women’s rights and is just 10 years from the endpoint for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This research sheds light on what progress has been made on a set of key gender equality issues and how much faster the world needs to move to reach key targets linked to the SDGs.

Melinda Gates: Sexist and incomplete data hold back the world’s Covid-19 response

Without a clear picture of the devastation, responses to Covid-19 risk leaving out millions of women and girls and slowing recovery. If governments, for instance, aren’t counting the number of women who’ve had to drop out of the workforce, they may overlook the urgent need for child care legislation. Melinda Gates explains why sexist and incomplete data hold back the world’s Covid-19 response.

  • Upcoming Events

75th Session of the U.N General Assembly (New York, 23 September 2020) 

Presentation of commitments and results of the Beijing+25 process and the Generation Equality Forum at the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations.

Virtual UN World Data Forum (19th-21st October 2020) 

The Programme of the UN World Data Forum is organized around six main thematic areas covering a wide range of topics and developed through an open call for session proposals. The forum is designed to bring together representatives, users, and producers, from various sectors working with data to support the implementation of Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Contributions under each thematic area should showcase practical solutions and hands-on experiences, and contribute to delivering better data for evidence-based policymaking and address pressing issues faced by the global data and statistical communities.

Throughout the forum, participants will have opportunities to interact in a variety of session formats, including plenary sessions, round table dialogues, debates, break-out spaces, innovation labs and workshops, knowledge sharing spaces, exhibits, and virtual forums.

The Devex UHC Pavilion (22nd- 24th September 2020 ) 

Devex will host the second edition of UHC Pavilion. This edition will comprise a virtual series of events exploring different roads to making progress on Universal Health Coverage. The return of the UHC Pavilion aims to reflect on the outcomes emerging from last year’s High-level Meeting on UHC, in addition to assessing the pace of progress amid a global pandemic.

The Pavilion will take place over three days, creating a springboard for collaboration and collective action to advance crucial conversations covering a wide range of health-related topics, all of which will explore the future of global health and UHC through different lenses.

UNESCO high-level panel: Access of Information – Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing Hope– (28th September 2020) 

Marking the first celebration of the Day after the 74th UN General Assembly proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) at the UN level in October 2019, “Access of Information – Saving lives, Building Trust, Bringing” will serve as an important intervention in times of global uncertainty. It will address the significance of access to information legislation and implementations, besides, the role of media and information literacy and open access, all as powerful instruments for mitigation of crises.

OGP 2020 Virtual Leadership Summit –  (24th September 2020)

Building on OGP’s Open Response + Open Recovery campaign to promote accountability, transparency, and inclusivity in our collective response to COVID-19, OGP will host the 2020 Virtual Leaders Summit, a virtual gathering of leaders in government and civil society who have played a central role in their countries to ensure a full, fair, and inclusive response and recovery.

  • Webinars   

Open Talks Webinar: Access to Information, Transparency, and Openness: Taking Forward Agenda 2030 in Times of Crisis (28th September 2020)

This Webinar will discuss international standards of upholding the right to information, and how such practices create transparency and openness required to navigate crises.

In case you missed it

Data2x: How to Build Successful Partnerships Using Gender Data

In this webinar hosted by Plus Social Good, Data2X’s Nina Rabinovitch Blecker and Equal Measures 2030’s (EM2030) Anne Connell join forces to discuss how to mobilize successful partnerships around gender data, drawing on experiences from Data2X and Equal Measure 2030’s ongoing partnership, as well as other partnerships related to various areas of Data2X and EM2030’s work.

Watch the webinar.

  • Available Courses/Training

Data4SDGs: Gender Data 101

Gender Data 101 is a 5-week blended online course featuring live events with gender and data experts. The course begins with establishing a foundation of gender and data and ends with actionable steps to employ gender data to create impactful programs. The course delves into best practices, methodologies, and tools to utilize when working with gender data. Additionally, Gender Data 101 engages learners to limit biases, close gender gaps, and incorporate intersectional thinking throughout each step of the gender data lifecycle.

UN SDG Learn: E-training on Gender Statistics 

This online course is designed to support the establishment of a strong foundation of knowledgeable practitioners (users and producers of statistics) for the development of gender statistics at the country level and to promote continued capacity building and learning by producers and users of these

PARIS 21 Academy: Communicating Gender Statistics for Gender Equality 

This course is designed to guide journalists and statisticians to use statistics to report on the unique situation and needs of women and men. Through 4 modules, the course introduces journalists and statisticians to the unique and complementary roles they each can play in promoting gender equality through gender data, highlighting opportunities for collaboration and partnership between the two communities.

AODN August Resource List

AODN August Resource List

This 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 (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health. 

Reading List

Trends in national Data Ecosystems in times of Covid-19

Just as data is critical for effective policymaking in more “normal” times, good data is necessary for policymakers trying to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and keep people safe. Claire Melamed, CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and Francesca Perucci, Assistant Director, United Nations Statistics Division explore three trends among the public, politicians, and statisticians that can pave the way for a post-COVID world that is built with good evidence and information. 

Why Covid-19 means data sharing is more important than ever

In times of intense upheaval, the need to be adaptable and innovate rapidly is even more vital. Stuart Coleman, ODI’s Business Development Director, discusses why Covid-19 means data sharing is more important than ever. 

Rwanda launches births, deaths registration in all hospitals

African Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Day (Africa CRVS day) is celebrated every year on August 10 to increase public awareness of the importance of making everyone visible in Africa through a well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics system covering the entire population and all vital events occurring in a country.  James Karuhanga reports on how Rwanda marked the third Africa CRVS day. 

Data-Driven Collective Action Is Imperative For A Post-Covid-19 Development Agenda

Deepali Khanna, the Managing Director of The Rockefeller Foundation in Asia, demonstrates that for data and technology to truly transform the welfare landscape, there are many underlying capacities, cultural and infrastructural issues that we collectively have to resolve in order to pave a runway for data and technology innovations in the world of social impact.

Data  in the time of COVID-19: Open data, data use, and COVID-19

The Open Data Watch has put together some of the most helpful articles to address the need for data-driven decision making during the Covid-19 pandemic. The articles are organized by the stages of the data value chain: availability, openness, dissemination, and use and uptake. 

A global effort to track data for public good

What does the global effort to track data for public good  look like? Open Data Charter shares insights from the Global Data Barometer. 

COVID-19 shows that the DRC must invest in a health research industry

You would expect that with DRC’s experience of dealing with infectious diseases over the past four decades its institutions would be equipped to spontaneously develop and perform surveillance and testing. You would also expect that those institutions would rely on research to take evidence-based measures. This has not been the case. Dacquin M.Kasumba, Associate Professor, University of Kinshasa addresses what needs to be done. 

Using Evidence in Policy and Practice|Lessons from Africa

In spite of the rhetoric around the importance of evidence, use of evidence for policy and practice remains challenging and somewhat elusive. Ian Goldman and Mine Pabari address the need of applying  evidence-based policy making to achieve  positive change by African governments. 

Upcoming Events

The UN World Data Forum (19-21 October 2020) will host representatives from  governments, businesses, civil society and the scientific and academic communities to explore  innovative ways to apply data and statistics to measure global progress and inform evidence-based policy decisions on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

3rd International Conference on AI & Big Data, Copenhagen, Denmark   provides a  platform to gain knowledge and share new ideas amongst the Technologist, Professionals, Industrialists, Researchers, 

ODI Summit 2020(10-13 Nov 2020): Data | Futures

The Summit will focus on how humanity can harness the power of data in a changing world. Tue, 

AI Expo Africa 2020 ONLINE 

The AI Expo is Africa’s largest trade-focused AI, Robotic Process Automation and Data Science business conference 

Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa 2020 (FIFAFRICA20)

This landmark event convenes a spectrum of stakeholders from across the internet governance and digital rights arenas in Africa and beyond to deliberate on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, free expression, non-discrimination and the free flow of information online.

Webinars

Africa Open Data Webinar 

This monthly webinar brings together experts, upcoming actors, and newcomers to share experiences and collaborate to improve use and quality of open data by and for Africa.

Available Courses/Training

Communicating gender statistics for gender equality 

This course on Communicating Gender Statistics is designed to guide journalists and statisticians to use statistics to report on the unique situation and needs of women and men.

Open Data for Policy Makers- World Bank 

This course is primarily intended for public policymakers in governments that are considering the establishment or expansion of an Open Data program. It assumes no prior knowledge of Open Data or technical skills.

Africa Data School Training October Intake

Africa Data School Training is an intensive 12-week program, offering courses in Data Science, Machine Learning, Deep learning, Natural Language Programming, Big Data and Computer Visions. 

June Webinar: Drivers for Development Data

June Webinar: Drivers for Development Data

The Africa Open Data Network (AODN) is currently implementing the Africa Open Data Fellowship Program which is an effort to provide support to selected governments in order to help them make progress in addressing the existential risks to open data in their contexts. The Fellowship Program is intended to catalyze momentum in government ministries, departments or agencies responsible for open data with a view to realize sustainable and aligned open data efforts. 

The program is also an effort to surface the evidence needed to advocate for domestic resource mobilization for open data initiatives and catalyze progress towards sustainable and development-aligned open data in Africa. While cross sector data is necessary for sustainable development, the program prioritizes data on Agriculture, Health, Education, Public Finance and Public Contracting with cross-cutting focus on gender and innovation.

To first understand the data for development ecosystem within which open data initiatives are also carried out, AODN is carrying out a study on the drivers for success for data for development (D4D) initiatives in Africa and in 3 African countries in which the fellowship will be running. The study seeks to identify human capital, financing, enabling environment and infrastructure needs for sustainable and mainstreamed data for development initiatives.

The Webinar

The webinar will discuss our findings on what the drivers for data for development are in Africa and in Kenya and who the players in the D4D ecosystem are. The webinar will be on the 13thJune, 2019. Sign up for the webinar by clicking here.

Africa Data Revolution Report 2018

Africa Data Revolution Report 2018

We are delighted to share the 2018 edition of the Africa Data Revolution Report. This report was commissioned by and is a joint product of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Web Foundation and the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D). It provides an enlightening analysis of the state of open data in Africa within the context of the data revolution.

The Africa Open Data Network is part of OD4D.

“The Africa Data Revolution Report 2018 delves into the recent evolution and current state of open data – with an emphasis on Open Government Data – in the African data communities. It explores key countries across the continent, researches a wide range of open data initiatives, and benefits from global thematic expertise. This second edition improves on process, methodology and collaborative partnerships from the first edition. It draws from country reports, existing global and continental initiatives, and key experts’ input, in order to provide a deep analysis of the actual impact of open data in the African context.

In particular, this report features a dedicated Open Data Barometer survey as well as a special 2018 Africa Open Data Index regional edition surveying the status and impact of open data and dataset availability in 30 African countries. The research is complemented with six in-depth qualitative case studies featuring the impact of open data in Kenya, South Africa (Cape Town), Ghana, Rwanda, Burkina Faso and Morocco. The report was critically reviewed by an eminent panel of experts.”

Download the report here.

Yalemwork is Ethiopian and she was three-years-old when she got married. Child marriage is still prevalent in sub Saharan Africa affecting many girls like Yalemwork. Image: DfID UK

The Maputo Protocol Turns 15

The Maputo Protocol Turns 15

Yalemwork is Ethiopian and she was three-years-old when she got married. Child marriage is still prevalent in sub Saharan Africa affecting many girls like Yalemwork. Image: DfID UK
Yalemwork is Ethiopian and she was three-years-old when she got married. Child marriage is still prevalent in sub Saharan Africa affecting many girls like Yalemwork. Image: DfID UK

In the last few weeks, we have had the privilege of having conversations with a some of the individuals who have been working to support ratification, domestication and implementation of the Maputo Protocol from its early days. As we celebrate 15 years of the Protocol today, we have taken this opportunity to reflect on the past, the future and what we can do better to ensure the work being done on improving access to data contributes to efforts on implementation of the Protocol. You can watch these conversations on our YouTube channel here or on Facebook.

The Maputo Protocol officially known as The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, guarantees comprehensive rights for women. Being the world’s most progressive treaty on the rights of women, it addresses social and political gender equity but also autonomy over reproductive health decisions and an end to female genital mutilation and other forms of violence and harmful practices. Despite the high support the treaty received, a number of key issues which have strong cultural roots were sticking points for some political leaders in considering whether or not to sign or ratify the Maputo Protocol. One such issue is that of child marriage.

Globally 700 million women and girls today were married before their 18th birthday; 125 million of them being African. Although child marriage in Africa is slowly decreasing, the decline is mostly limited to the rich and the practise still persists amongst the poor. In addition to this, despite there being fewer child marriages every year in Sub-Saharan Africa, the growing population counteracts the rate at which the practise is declining. Therefore if the same trend is to continue, almost half of the world’s child brides in 2050 will be from Africa.

The problem of child marriage demonstrates the interconnectedness between various thematic disciplines as well as disparate goals in the SDG framework. For instance, addressing child marriage has health (SDG3) and education (SDG4) implications for half the population of the continent. These have an impact on wealth creation potential (SDG1) and the ability to improve the quality of life for oneself and for others.

Child marriage often happens due to poverty, customary or religious beliefs  and inadequate or poorly enforced legislative frameworks. It not only disrupts a girl’s development by resulting in early pregnancy, it interrupts her schooling, limits her career opportunities and puts her at an increased risk of domestic violence. According to the World Bank, each year a girl spends in secondary education may reduce her likelihood of marrying before the age of 18 by five percentage points. Girls are powerful agents of socio-economic change. Those that complete secondary school tend to be healthier, earn more, marry later and have fewer children giving better health care and education to the next generation.

Unfortunately, the data on prevalence of child marriage within countries year by year is not available to stakeholders in good time to inform advocacy and enforcement of laws. The data on school enrollment, attendance and dropout is also not easily available where it exists. In addition to this, one of the most critical sources of data for identifying child marriage and under age pregnancy is the civil registration and vital statistics system (CRVS) which in many countries in sub Saharan Africa still doesn’t have adequate coverage. If we are to ensure women and girls enjoy the protections provided by the Maputo Protocol and our communities become and remain safe spaces for all, the data gaps and the unavailability of data to stakeholders needs to be addressed.

At AODN, we are working towards this objective. Join us in the Gender Open Data Community forum here or on our channel on YouTube, our Twitter account, Facebook and Instagram.

An Action Plan for Agriculture & Nutrition Open Data in Africa

An Action Plan for Agriculture & Nutrition Open Data in Africa

AODN’s Action Plan session at the Bristol Data Festival

Data on agriculture in Africa has not always been adequate for those working on policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and review. For those in civil society, academia and the private sector, access to good, well disaggregated data has been more difficult by orders of magnitude.

Some of the data challenges facing the sector came to the fore during the Biennial Report preparation process of African Union member states as they collected data on the indicators for the Malabo Declaration. The first Biennial Review which was held in 2018 was a learning opportunity for all stakeholders on the state of data for agriculture and nutrition in Africa and more so, the paucity of this data in the open.

As part of our participation at the Data for Development Festival held in Bristol, United Kingdom from March 21st to 23rd 2018, AODN organised a session on an Action Plan for Agriculture & Nutrition Open Data in Africa. Organized by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, the Data for Development Festival brought together champions, practitioners, the curious and the sages to explore what has worked and We were honoured to have the following panelists who set the context on what is currently happening to improve the state of data in Africa.

  • Oliver Chinganya, Director, Africa Centre for Statistics, UN Economic Commission For Africa
  • Ben Paul Mungyereza, Executive Director, Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Government of Uganda
  • Prof. Memunatu Pratt, Open Data Council, Sierra Leone
  • Martin Parr, Operations Director, Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN)
  • The session was moderated by the AODN Project Lead, Leonida Mutuku.

Next Steps

Following the presentations by the panelists,  the participants had a moderated discussion and provided their input on what an action plan for agriculture and nutrition open data should prioritize. The input is being compiled into a zero draft document that will be shared for online consultations in the next week.

 

Are You in the Open Data Directory?

Are You in the Open Data Directory?

AODN has launched an online directory of practitioners and institutions working on open data in Africa.

Finding specialists and institutions to work with in a specific city on the continent can be a challenge for many. This is complicated further by a fast evolving open data ecosystem where individuals and organisations are specializing fast and establishing open data “outposts” in various sectors/industries.

The Africa Open Data Directory provides users with an online space where specialists and institutions can be found, which now makes networking, peer learning and collaboration easier.

To be listed in the directory, simply visit Opendirectory.africa in your browser.

 

 

ODI Mini-Grant Finalists Announced

ODI Mini-Grant Finalists Announced

As part of the Africa Open Data Network, an initiative of the Open Data for Development Network, The Open Data Institute issued an open call inviting open data innovators in Africa to apply for the second iteration of our mini-grant programme. This programme offers three grants of up to £6,000 each for innovators in the private sector, academia or civil society to create an open data project in Africa.

After receiving 78 applications, we are delighted to announce the six shortlisted projects. The ODI will be interviewing project teams and selecting the final three at the beginning of August.

The selected projects will receive:

  1. Up to £6,000 for each team to deliver an open data project in an African country
  2. Introduction to ODI leaders and sector-based experts in the Africa Open Data Network for advice and feedback
  3. A platform for projects to tell their stories and an opportunity to promote their work

Winning projects will solve practical problems and build partnerships, including with government, that put open data into action for social, economic or environmental benefits.

The mini-grant programme is supported by the Open Data for Development (OD4D) programme, a partnership funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the World Bank, United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), and Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

Africa Open Data Resilient Cities, Sierra Leone and USA

The African Open Data Resilient Cities project aims to create a resiliency toolkit for cities, helping those who manage urban environments collect data produced by sensors, satellite imagery and citizen-generated data. Resilient cities are those that can withstand, adapt and grow, irrespective of the stresses and shocks they encounter.

The project will use the extensive experience of project managers in Los Angeles, US and Freetown, Sierra Leone to partner with two African cities and conduct draft pilots in resiliency data collection. The team will then hold a forum with key stakeholders to validate the concepts and data, before publishing an open-source toolkit that can be adopted by other cities.

This project has the potential for significant impact, helping both citizens and government officials in African cities understand how to collect data around their city’s resilience. This will help cities better predict and prepare for potential disasters, climate change and famine.

Anti-Delestron, Burkina Faso

The Anti-Delestron project in Burkina Faso aims to help citizens navigate the inconsistent supply of electricity in the country’s capital Ouagadougou.

In order to deal with an insufficient electricity supply for the city, electric companies regularly carry out ‘load shedding’, interrupting the supply of electricity to avoid overloading generators.  However, information about when and where loadshedding will take place is held by the electricity companies and inaccessible to citizens; as a result, the city’s residents find it hard to predict when they will be able to access electricity.

The project will create a website which maps load shedding in the city, informed by the electric companies’ scheduled programmes and sensors collecting real-time data as cuts take place. The website will also advise citizens on how to avoid an approaching load shed by reducing their consumption. As a result of this approach, the project aims to help citizens predict, plan and avoid loadshedding where possible, as well as improving the accountability of electricity providers to the city’s community.

‘Namba za dhahabu’ (The Golden Data), Tanzania

The ‘Namba za dhahabu’ project, meaning ‘the golden data’ in Swahili, aims to develop a digital engagement platform for agriculture in Tanzania.

Currently, although Tanzania has several open data portals, there is no clear place for citizens to access agricultural data. Even where it is accessible, many agricultural datasets are only available in PDF and are therefore not machine readable. Through working with the National Bureau of Statistics and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Namba za dhahabu will release agricultural data to the public through the platform. The project will also include an open data dashboard for visualisation and a section that shares stories of the impact that agricultural open data is having in Tanzania.

The team hopes making this data open will help show farmers, businesses and government the importance of data for decision-making, as well as encouraging conversation around opportunities and challenges facing agriculture in Tanzania.

Durban Answers, South Africa

Durban Answers is a platform built by Open Data Durban (ODD) that helps citizens access information about how to live, work and play in the South African city of Durban. Users enter questions or keywords about the city, with the platform returning responses and step-by-step guides that help them in navigating these problems. In the first phase of the project, ODD crowdsourced over 200 sample questions through the #AskDurban campaign and held a write-a-thon for volunteer researchers to address these responses on the platform.

In the next phase of the prototype, the team aim to curate and build the platform through engaging civil society, local governments and citizens. As well as holding another #AskDurban campaign and subsequent write-a-thon, the team will set up a ‘brain trust’ of experts on Durban and its challenges to help curate and review content. ODD will also continue its formal partnership with the City of Durban to deepen their involvement with the platform.

Through this project, Durban Answers hopes to transform how citizens across cultures interact with the city, aiding them in making more informed decisions and helping city officials respond to citizen needs. This will lead to a better functioning and more resilient city, and providing a model which can be scaled to other cities in the future.

Urban Waste Open Mapping in Akure, Nigeria

The Urban Waste Open Mapping Project aims to address the issue of urban waste in the city of Akure in Nigeria. Currently, large amounts of unregulated rubbish are not properly cleared and left around the city, causing environmental and health problems for the city’s residents.

The project aims to use remote sensors and geographic information systems to map the location, amount and type of refuse in the city. This will help local authorities plan and organise the clearing of this rubbish, as well as tracking the use of these sites in future. The team also hopes that visualising this information will help alert citizens to the problem of urban waste, promoting a collective response to this key issue in the context of a growing city population.

TransGov: Community Issues Reporting, Ghana

TransGov: Community Issues Reporting in Ghana plans to help residents within the  Greater Metropolitan area of Accra report and fix problems in their local community. Currently, citizens do not have a way of reporting development and infrastructure issues affecting them to the correct authority, meaning potholes and leaking pipes can go unreported and unfixed for months.

The project plans to address this issue through the TransGov platform, where citizens can report and track progress of their issue with the relevant public agency. The platform will crowdsource information on issues through a web, mobile and SMS application and provide this as open data. This application will enable citizens to use their phone to report issues, including the option to geotag their location. During this phase, the project will focus on building the web and mobile application and gathering information from citizens about physical infrastructure problems such as roads and buildings, as well as engaging the relevant public agencies.

Through crowdsourcing and providing this data to utility agencies, the project aims to increase the use of data in their decision-making and improve the service delivery for citizens in Accra.

Keep an eye out here, on the ODI website as well as on Twitter @ODIHQ and @networkfordata for news on the winning projects and their progress in the upcoming months.

 

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