Open Data for Africa

Open Data for Africa is a knowledge-sharing platform set up by the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) to facilitate access to development data in African nations.  AfDB works in partnership with Knoema, an international company that provides public access to over 500 databases worldwide.   The data provided on this platform correlates to M&E and management of development results, including the MGD’s, in order to “foster evidence-based decision-making, public accountability, and good governance,” in accordance with worldwide development initiatives to strengthen “statistical capacity.”

Here’s a screen shot of some of the data provided on the super user-friendly website:

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Through this platform, users can access information contained in AfDB’s data portals as well as data from regional and international partners.  In addition to the data collected and shared in traditional development surveys, Open Data for Africa is working to compile information on emerging and crucial development topics, including:

  • Food security
  • Gender equality
  • Climate change
  • Availability of quality data

Future plans for Open Data for Africa include expansion of this platform to all African countries so that a completely regional system may be established.

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2 responses to “Open Data for Africa

  • gmizrahi

    This is a useful resource to show important data. However, I was wondering how they adjust to different languages for either different countries or regions? It would be important so that people can actively utilize this tool.

  • ewaller11

    I agree, it is a very useful resource. I’m curious how what indicators they use to measure sometimes objective issues such as food security and climate change.

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