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Open data



Our March 2021 resource list comes at a special time when the world’s celebrating Open Data Day and International Women’s Day concurrently and at a time when the pandemic has made the poorest and most vulnerable people, mostly women and girls, invisible in data, exacerbating their marginalization further despite the fact that more data is being collected and produced than ever before. 

Therefore, as we celebrate the gains made, we continue to rally for prioritization of the publication and use of open gender data across Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Reading List

Using a Violence Against Children Survey to Drive Change: A Case Study of Tanzania

In 2008, the government of Tanzania, UN agencies, the United States government, and civil society worked together to design and implement a Violence Against Children Survey (VACS) in Tanzania. 

They were seeking to catalyze action and change on violence against children and increase awareness of the problem. The data on violence against boys and girls and the VACS’ multisectoral methodology and government-led coordination process catalyzed and shaped long-term, multi-sectoral change. This case study recounts the story of how the data came to be collected and the factors that led to its uptake and impact. Read more.

COVID-19 and beyond: How the Africa Gender Data Network can help boost capacity for gender data collection, use, and impact

Africa’s National Statistics Offices (NSOs), the official producers of statistics, have not been spared from the effects of the pandemic— making it even more challenging to answer demands for more and better sex-disaggregated data. To support Africa’s NSOs in 15 countries, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) has been working closely with Data2X and Open Data Watch over the last year and a half to launch the Africa Gender Data Network (AGDN). The main goal of the Network is to:raise the standard of gender data production to better link with the demand for that data; improve the effectiveness of communication of and about gender data and; encourage gender data use across participating countries. 

To better understand the impact of the pandemic on the statistical activities of AGDN countries, ECA conducted a short survey followed by interviews in late 2020. Overall, the survey found that all 15 countries and their statistical operations have been affected by the pandemic — whether moderately or severely. Read more

Strengthening Gender Measures and Data in the COVID-19 era: An Urgent Need for Change

The ILO has joined with partners in the production and use of gender statistics to issue a call to action to improve gender data, building on lessons learned and gaps exposed or exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This brief highlights 5 key areas where strong and decisive action is required to achieve sustainable improvement in the availability of key gender data, including in the world of work.Read more.

Bringing Open Data to Bear on Gender Inequality in Africa

As stakeholders across Africa continue to push for implementation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, interventions to accelerate progress on SDGs and national gender equality priorities, we asked ourselves what evidence informs different initiatives. Is the evidence needed to inform gender equality work in the public sector and by non-state actors available, appropriately disaggregated, and open?

This is what we set out to explore through the Gendered Open Data Study exploring the availability of sex disaggregated data for SDGs 1-5 across 19 Anglophone African countries. As we celebrate this year’s International Day of the Girl Week, we draw stakeholders’ attention to the gender data gaps across Sub-Saharan Africa and what can be done to address them. Read more and explore country status dashboards here.

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 

Why the World Needs More Women Data Scientists

Relying on biased information undermines the effectiveness of evidence-based policymaking. A potential source of bias in many datasets is that most of the world’s data scientists i.e., the people who collect, organize, analyze data, and make decisions, are men. 

Women hold just 18 percent of data science jobs in the United States, and the problem is worse in most lower-income countries, where women are less likely to have access to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education that provides a gateway to a career in data science. In addition to increasing the risk of bias, gender imbalances in STEM and data science training make it harder for women to succeed in high-paying professions linked to the digital economy, further widening gender pay gaps.

Fortunately, several initiatives are putting data into the hands of women and girls, equipping them with the skills necessary to move up the skills pyramid and participate in the digital economy.

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

Bridging the Gender Gap in Zanzibar this African Statistics Day

The lack of gender statistics remains one of the most pervasive gaps in official statistics and data across the world. Our understanding of women and girls’ lives – and the constraints they face – is limited because we lack high-quality gender data. That is why Zanzibar’s Office of the Chief Government Statistician (OCGS) has focused our Inclusive Data Charter Action Plan on enhancing the production, availability, and use of gender statistics. Read more. 

Gender Dimensions of Disaster Risk and Resilience

Men and women, boys and girls have different experiences of disasters. Gender dynamics impact both the way they are affected by disasters and their capacity to withstand and recover from them. Gender inequalities can result in gender-differentiated disaster impact, and differentiated impacts can influence gender dynamics, which in turn affect future resilience to shocks. Disaster risk management policies are designed to maximize results, taking local conditions – including gender dynamics – as fixed. 

When women and men are affected differently by disasters, practitioners and policy makers have a responsibility to use the tools available for mitigating disaster impacts to close gender gaps in outcome. An improved understanding of the gender dynamics of disaster risk and resilience also allows for better policy and program design, which benefits all stakeholders. Read more

Making Open Development Inclusive: Lessons from IDRC Research

This resource, drawing on ten years of empirical work and research, analyzes how open development has played out in practice. Focusing on development practices in the Global South, the contributors assess the crucial questions of who is able to participate and benefit from open practices, and who cannot. Examining a wide range of cases, they offer a macro analysis of how open development ecosystems are governed, and evaluate the inclusiveness of a variety of applications, including creating open educational resources, collaborating in science and knowledge production, and crowdsourcing information.Read more.

Situating Open Data: Global Trends in Local Contexts

Situating Open Data provides several empirical accounts of open data practices, the local implementation of global initiatives, and the development of new open data ecosystems. Drawing on case studies in different countries and contexts, the chapters demonstrate the practices and actors involved in open government data initiatives unfolding within different socio-political settings. Read more

Gender and COVID-19 Group on Mendeley 

The gender and COVID-19 Group on Mendeley includes over 500 resources related to gender and COVID-19. This group allows you to locate and find resources relatively easy, as well as include direct citations and references. You can also add your references directly to the group.


Apolitical: How to Use Data to ‘Build Back Better’ Post-Covid-19

This workshop with SDSN TReNDS  provides you with insights on how to best use data to inform your organisation’s recovery efforts and implement effective strategies. The workshop will also highlight practical approaches and guidance from practitioners who are dealing directly with the crisis ‘on-the-ground’ and share lessons learned.

Watch: Open Gender Data for Tanzania – What is Missing? Why Does it Matter?

This webinar  explores the Open Gender Data landscape in Tanzania, and its implications.

Watch: World Data Forum – Making the Invisible, Visible Through New Approaches to Inclusive Data

This World Data Forum 2020 session, hosted by the Inclusive Data Charter, examines a range of creative approaches to getting, using, and sharing inclusive data: from National Statistical Offices integrating administrative data sources to understand marginalized people’s needs, to young people with disabilities generating new data to inform policy.

Watch: UN Statistical Commission Side Event- Inclusive Data Amid and Beyond COVID-19

Hosted by the Inclusive Data Charter, this event explores how inclusive data is being generated and used to inform equitable COVID-19 responses and recoveries. The event features presentations from Tina Chui, Statistics Canada; Dr Yatta Kanu and Iman Beoku-Betts, Ministry of Education of Sierra Leone; Laura Reinoso, National Institute of Statistics of Paraguay; and Omar Seidu, Ghana Statistical Service.

Watch: Open Data as an Asset for Inclusive and Sustainable Development

This webinar was hosted by 254 Policy Cafe o Open Data Day 2021.The webinar explored progress made in enhancing data availability and access for use in sustainable policy development; opportunities for open data in advancing the national and international development agenda; experience of non-state actors in leveraging existing data sources; challenges in utilizing existing data and research in youth advocacy; and possible mitigation measures to enhance uptake of data and research.

Available Training

Know Violence Against Women Data (kNOwVAWdata)

The kNOwVAWdata course provides the depth and breadth of knowledge required to conduct rigorous and ethical prevalence surveys and other research on violence against women. The course leads to improved data literacy for overall measurement and use of data on violence against women (VAW). For further information see kNOwVAWdata.com.

Guidelines on data disaggregation for SDG Indicators using survey data

As a member of the working group on data disaggregation, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has taken numerous steps towards supporting Member Countries in the production of disaggregated estimates. 

Within this framework, these Guidelines offer methodological and practical guidance for the production of direct and indirect disaggregated estimates of SDG indicators having surveys as their main or preferred data source. Furthermore, the publication provides tools to assess the accuracy of these estimates and presents strategies for the improvement of output quality, including Small Area Estimation methods.

UN WOMEN: Counted and Visible Toolkit

The Counted and Visible: Toolkit to Better Utilize Existing Data from Household Surveys to Generate Disaggregated Gender Statistics (Counted and Visible Toolkit) provides a compilation of tools and mechanisms used by several countries to produce evidence to inform gender-responsive policies and catalyze actions to leave no one behind. The selected countries are linked to the UN Women’s global gender data programme, Women Count.

This  toolkit was developed by UN Women, in collaboration with the Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys (ISWGHS), and benefited from the outcomes of the Counted and Visible global conference in 2020.

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 four 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 (GBA+)

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.

AODN November Resource List

AODN November Resource List

The AODN monthly resource list for November 2020 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. 

The Potential Role of Open Data In Mitigating The COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities

This article describes several use cases whereby open data have already been used globally in the COVID-19 response. It highlights major challenges to using these data and provides recommendations on how to foster a robust open data ecosystem to ensure that open data can be leveraged in both this pandemic and future public health emergencies. Read more 

Lessons for Open Data for Development Programmes

As more initiatives emerge, there is a need for stronger evidence to inform effective design and implementation that can mitigate inequities in access and maximize the development potential of open data. To address this evidence gap, this IDS Policy Briefing draws lessons from a performance evaluation of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) initiative to make recommendations for funders and managers of similar open data development programs, as well as for those influencing governmental or organizational data policy. Read more

Leveraging OGP for a Transparent COVID-19 Response in Africa

Like governments around the world, African countries have shifted enormous resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given such massive spending, fiscal transparency is more important than ever to minimize financial mismanagement and corruption. Through OGP commitments, countries in Africa have embarked on important governance reforms to strengthen fiscal transparency. Read more

Open Data Standards Design Behind Closed Doors?

Sometimes (when building open data standards) we focus so much on building the technology that we forget to focus on power and to address the new power dynamics formed. Even if we try to contain it to technical spaces, standardization is more than a technical process. It is an exercise that enables data production and use to be reconsidered. Standards are not only shaping how data is produced but are also bringing about the silent, localized changes in bureaucracies. Therefore, it is important for us to not only understand how powerful open data standards can be in creating changes but to also address some of the challenges that are part of their design and implementation. Read more 

Third Wave of Open Data: How To Accelerate the Re-Use of Data for Public Interest Purposes While Ensuring Data Rights and Community Flourishing  

Even as ever greater amounts of data are generated and stored, the capability to actually access and re-use this data to spur positive social change remains stunted. This discrepancy occurs despite the success of the open data movement, which built on earlier Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation in pushing at the boundaries of transparency and accessibility. Around the world, open data has played an important role in improving government accountability and service delivery, empowering citizens to make better decisions, creating economic opportunity, and solving big public problems. But recent developments—including the struggles to use data effectively to address COVID-19—show these successes are not enough. Read more

Global Procurement Responses to COVID-19: How To Do Better In An Emergency

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, governments around the world have been forced to procure essential goods and services quickly, in order to save lives. Some procurement agencies have also recognized that being transparent about emergency purchasing is crucial to discouraging corruption, ensuring market confidence, and maintaining public trust. Accordingly, they have established new portals or websites for disclosing contracting data relating to coronavirus procurement. Read more

Reinventing How COVID-19 Data Is Shared

As disinformation continues to spread, civil society organizations and academics are developing new ways to share data about the pandemic. Read more

Individual, Collective and Intermediated: Three Roads To Data Empowerment

We don’t yet have a definite answer on how to handle and govern ‘our’ data and what perspective is best suited to shape the data empowerment concept. However, we do recognize the limitations of the approaches and models that put the individual at the centre. Having more of a say in how one’s data is used, does not automatically result in greater control, actual decision-making power or agency. And so we see value in exploring in more depth the practical use of collective and fiduciary approaches, including data trusts, data cooperatives and certain forms of data commons models that could facilitate more inclusive and fair data governance and data sharing. Read more.

A Global Movement for Better Data And Better Lives

This report sets out how partners from the private sector, civil society, academia, and government are coming together to respond to common challenges that can be addressed by leveraging data and technology in a thoughtful and inclusive way. Read more 


BOOK LAUNCH EVENT: Situating Open Data:  Global Trends in Local Contexts. Thu Nov 19,2020 at 18:00 – 19:30 (EAT)

Open data and its effects on society are always woven into infrastructural legacies, social relations, and the political economy. This raises questions about how our understanding and engagement with open data shifts when we focus on its situated use.

The new book Situating Open Data sheds light on these questions, providing empirical studies of open data practices, their local implementation, and the development of open data ecosystems. Meet the authors and editors to get first-hand insights from their recent publication on open data, global practices, and local use. Register here

WEBINAR: How can data help cities to address concerns around COVID-19? Wed Nov 18, 2020 at 14:00 (GMT)

Data is integral to making decisions about the Covid-19 pandemic in your city. But do you know what data you have? Do you make the best use of it? Do you know where the gaps are? Register here

WEBINAR: Taking stock of the Socio-Economic and Political Impact of COVID-19 in Africa Wed Nov 18, 2020, at  17:00 ( EAT)

ICYMI: The ODI Summit 2020 

The ODI Summit is the ODI’s flagship event, bringing people from a broad range of sectors, backgrounds and countries together to discuss critical issues around the future of data. Watch the recording

Available Training 

Open Data in a Day -ODI Wed Dec 2, 2020

Learn how to discover, use, and describe the benefits of open data, and how it impacts your organization on this live, instructor-led, online, and interactive course.

Open Data for Data Users-World bankSelf-Paced

The “Open Data for Data Users” e-learning course is designed to provide a broad overview of Open Data from a user standpoint, and empower anyone to take full advantage of Open Data. This course is intended for anyone who wants to make better use of Open Data, including ordinary citizens, and assumes no prior knowledge of Open Data or technical skills. It is particularly intended for users in developing countries. This course provides users with the knowledge and specific skills they need to understand and use Open Data effectively and responsibly, and to participate fully in the Open Data community. 

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.

Open Data Essentials- ODI

Learn all the essentials of open data with this easy to follow, online course. This program has been designed to enable you to discover what open data is and how it is changing the lives of everyone on our planet.

AODN October Resource List

AODN October Resource List

The AODN monthly resource list for October 2020 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

Who is being left behind in COVID-19 data?

Despite the many benefits of data, the data processes and data-related outcomes on COVID-19 have shown the potential to marginalize and exclude specific individuals and population groups across the stages of the data value chain, from the data production to data use, i.e., the data identification, collection, analysis, dissemination, and use. In the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, marginalization and exclusion have severe ramifications, including loss of life. Read more

With crisis comes innovation: How COVID-19 is changing National Statistical Systems

Having accurate and timely data has become the foundation of a resilient and effective government, and national statistical systems are central to this. These systems have been placed under extreme pressure during the crisis. Temporary office closures and disruptions to operations and surveys have jeopardized dozens of statistical publications. Increased demand for new and more timely data on the impacts of the pandemic have stretched available resources. And pragmatic decisions have had to be made to reprioritize and redeploy staff and resources as well as to innovate to deliver new statistical products. Read more

When the data stop: Five lessons for data-driven decision-making in crises

The COVID-19 global crisis has highlighted data’s crucial and transformative potential. Governments, the private sector, civil society, and international institutions are striving to collect and analyze data to understand and contain the pandemic; and address the socio-economic effects of pandemic response. But amidst this renewed emphasis and demand for hyper-local, real-time data and evidence, we’re also faced with an acute challenge: What happens when the data… stop? Read more

StatCom7 ends with a call on Africa to prioritize digitalizing the continent’s statistical systems

The Seventh Session of the Statistical Commission for Africa (StatCom7) ended on Thursday,15th October 2020  with high-level participants emphasizing the importance of digitizing the continent’s statistical systems; use of big data; data and statistics coordination; and political will for effective statistics development in Africa. 

The three-day meeting saw participants in the virtual meeting discuss ways to devise innovative statistical solutions to strengthen national statistical systems to keep decision-makers informed of economic, social, and environmental developments in real-time. Read more

Mortality Data in COVID-19 and Beyond: The Bedrock of Global Health Security

Countries need both accurate and timely mortality data and an understanding of the scope and scale of the pandemic in real-time to inform a data-driven response. What we are seeing today—and what experts have known for some time—is that many countries lack this data, which is reflective of a longstanding underinvestment in civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. To respond to COVID-19 in the near-term and bolster global health security in the long-term, it is clear: we need better mortality data. Read more. 

Restoring Data Rights in Africa Pre and Post COVID-19

The use of contact tracing applications by governments across the world especially in Africa is not without risks to citizens. Data used for contact tracing may upend some of our fundamental rights, such as the right to know which/how information is used, the right to say no to information sharing, and the right to assemble. Many are enshrined in national legal frameworks and international treaties because the applications will require our personal data. Read more.

How to climb the Data Quality Pyramid

Whether it’s fighting climate change or finding the nearest bus stop, creating insight requires data. The higher the quality of that data, the greater and more reliable the insight. What does good data look like, and how do we ascertain its quality level? In this article, Datopian defines the varying degrees of data quality, concentrating on three crucial assessment criteria: tidiness, syntax, and semantics. Read more.

  • Events 

Africa Open Data Collaboratives- East Africa  (Tue, 3 Nov 2020)

The Africa Open Data Network hosts a one hour meeting with option to connect by Zoom-in the first Tuesday of each month to hear from others on their work on open data in government, business, and civil society- in-progress projects, requests for support, updates from the Africa Open Data team, and potential to participate in supporting and representing in upcoming events. 

ODI Summit 2020: Data Futures (10-11 Nov 2020)

The ODI Summit is the ODI’s flagship event, bringing people from a broad range of sectors, backgrounds and countries together to discuss critical issues around the future of data. Join over 1000 attendees to enjoy an exciting line-up of keynotes, high-profile speakers, interactive panels, roundtables, performances, taster workshops and demos exploring key themes about the future of data.

AfricaTech 2020 

AfricaTech is the largest virtual gathering of individuals and organisations using enterprise technology to accelerate digital transformation and drive Africa’s journey to The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Experience AI-powered networking, 100+ use-cases, and insight and solutions from the world’s leading tech vendors.

Incase You Missed It

Data for Development: towards a more integrated agenda from the global south

Data for development and the use of new technologies is creating new opportunities for economic and civil participation, better decision making and greater inclusion on the one hand, and new barriers on the other. Many important global efforts have emerged around civil registration and vital statistics, open government data, big data and artificial intelligence as well as privacy and data protection. Yet, many of these efforts work in silos and also face interconnected barriers to advancing a transformative agenda on data for sustainable development. How can we ensure coordinated perspectives and research from the global south inform holistic approaches to data governance, innovation, and use?

Webinar – How countries are helping each other leverage administrative data for the SDGs

The Global Partnership and Cepei co-hosted the session TA1.01 “Uncovering Opportunity in Unusual Places: How countries are helping each other leverage administrative data for the SDGs” at the UN World Data Forum 2020. This session presents strategies, actions and partnerships that countries have developed for the use of administrative records, in response to COVID-19. It will feature examples from three countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Watch the recording here.  

Webinar – Citizen-generated data for policy and decision-making in Kenya

This webinar, hosted by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and GIZ will be an opportunity to present Citizen-Generated Data (CGD) guidelines on the production of better quality CGD that can be used for policy and decision-making but also complement official statistics. The guidelines were developed because of expressed demand from both state and non-state actors in Kenya. Watch the recording here

Available Training 

Open Data in a Day (Wed, 2 December 2020)

Learn how to discover, use, and describe the benefits of open data, and how it impacts your organization on this live, instructor-led, online, and interactive course.

Choosing the right format for open data

The ‘format’ of an open dataset refers to the way in which the data is structured and made available for humans and machines. Choosing the right format helps ensure the data can be simply managed and reused. To maximize the reuse of data, it may be necessary for a publisher to use a number of formats and structures available across different platforms to suit users’ needs.

Open Data for Data Users

The “Open Data for Data Users” e-learning course is designed to provide a broad overview of Open Data from a user standpoint and empower anyone to take full advantage of Open Data. This course is intended for anyone who wants to make better use of Open Data, including ordinary citizens, and assumes no prior knowledge of Open Data or technical skills. It is particularly intended for users in developing countries. This course provides users with the knowledge and specific skills they need to understand and use Open Data effectively and responsibly, and to participate fully in the Open Data community. 

Presenting Data Effectively 

Human life is bound together by millions and billions of data points. Knowing how to analyse, visualise and bring out the story from this data is a powerful skill that can paint the world in a new light.  This course covers how to find and interpret data; telling data-driven stories; creating basic graphics (charts and infographics); and communicating data effectively in reports and slide presentations.

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.


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. 

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