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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.


Add Your Voice to the Formation of the Africa Open Data Network

Add Your Voice to the Formation of the Africa Open Data Network

Thank you for your interest in the Africa Open Data Network. During this initial phase, we will be seeking input from the community of stakeholders in Africa, and supporters from beyond, on how the network should take shape. We hope you will add your voice to how the Network takes shape and adds value to Africa’s development agenda.

To register your interest in providing input into the process and joining the network when it launches, please click here.

The Africa Open Data Network Announced

The Africa Open Data Network Announced

OD4D is pleased to announce that the Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) will be the initial coordinator of the Africa Open Data Network, our OD4D regional node for Africa. The announcement was made during the International Open Data Conference in Madrid following the successful conclusion of a competitive process and open call.  The Local Development Research Institute (LDRI), led by Muchiri Nyaggah, will begin planning the Africa Open Data Network that was inspired by the first African Open Data Conference in 2015.

The announcement followed a meeting of champions of the AODN network held on 4 October 2016, which included representatives from IDRC, World Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Hivos, dLab, Africa Open Data Conference, Open Data Institute, Open Knowledge International and the Web Foundation. During the meeting, LDRI received a strong endorsement from the multiple stakeholders involved in the selection process. (some quotes below).

The initial champions of the African Open Data Network commit to work together in a number of priorities for the community in the forthcoming years. These priorities include:

  • Increase the awareness of open data Innovation in Africa at all levels, promoting and supporting related initiatives, events and convenings;
  • Link research with advocates, implementers, governments, civil society, communities, and the private sector to increase the effectiveness of research results in informing policy decision making;
  • Collaborate towards policies, and strategies for the inclusion of open data as catalyst and prime component of Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals, with strong emphasis on the role of open data in economic rights, benefits, and growth.

In this scoping phase, LDRI will consolidate lessons from on-going open data initiatives in the continent and further explore collaboration with the growing African open data communities. In the forthcoming months, the priority will be to engage with local and regional organizations advancing open data work in Africa. The next key milestone for the development of the Africa Open Data Network will be the World Data Forum in Cape Town in January 2017.

The Africa Open Data Network will act as a hub for the African-led research on open data for development. It builds on similar OD4D initiatives in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and East Europe, while addressing the specific opportunities and challenges in the African continent.

Africa is embracing a wide range of data communities and a diverse range of data sources, tools, and innovative technologies, to provide disaggregated data for decision-making, service delivery and citizen engagement; and information for Africa to own its narrative on the data revolution for sustainable development.

The important place that data occupies in the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals and the keen interest of the African Union to ensure an integrated approach in implementation of both Agenda 2063, and the SDGs, requires a more vibrant data ecosystem and a network of actors and stakeholders ready to rise to the policy, community and industrial development challenges through data.

For more information contact: thinking[at]developlocal[dot]org.

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