Accra hosts launch of the first Africa Data Revolution Report

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The Ghanaian capital, Accra, will host the launch of the first edition of the Africa Data Revolution Report (ADRR 2016), a press release from the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) copied to ghanabusinessnews.com says.

The release indicates that the launch will be part of the Second Africa Open Data Conference starts in Accra from July 17 to 21, 2017.

The report, which is jointly published by the ECA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Wide Web Foundation and the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D), is a biennial report that maps the data ecosystem in Africa with reference to the production, distribution and use of data by public, private and civil society actors, as they relate to the 17 SDGs.

According to the release, the report is expected to enhance the success of Agendas 2030 and 2063 in Africa, as explained by Mansour Ndiaye, Team Leader for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development at UNDP’s Regional Service Center for Africa.

Oliver Chinganya, the Director of the Africa Centre for Statistics at the ECA was quoted as saying, “there is need for us as Africa to boost the capacity of national data ecosystems fairly early in the implementation cycle of the sustainable development goals, that is why the ECA and its partners have produced this report and will continue to do so.”

ADRR is expected to enhance the success of Agendas 2030 and 2063 in Africa, as explained by Mansour Ndiaye, Team Leader for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development at UNDP’s Regional Service Center for Africa.

“ADRR will enable us to strengthen open, inclusive and participatory national statistical systems with contributions from all stakeholders to improve the availability and use of data to help make the SDGs and Agenda 2063 a reality in African countries,” Ndiaye adds.

According to Fernand Perini, Coordinator of the OD4D, the report “builds on our commitment to support and strengthen regional and global networks, developing global benchmarking tools for country performance, and supporting rigorous research on the impact of data in people’s lives.”

“Africa is the first region to produce a Data Consensus and a Data Revolution Report, but that there’s need for more. More than data, what people want are solutions to their problems and that means translating these reports into action. The Web Foundation is looking forward to helping make this data revolution an open data revolution,” said, Nnenna Nwakanma, a senior policy manager at the Web Foundation.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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