Africa launches data revolution report

African Continent

The first Africa Data Revolution Report, ADDR, 2016 has been launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The report highlights developments in African national data ecosystems. It is an initiative of the African Centre for Statistics, a department at the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Effective use of data for development
The Director, African Centre for Statistics, Mr Oliver Chinganya said the report would serve as a guide to assisting African states, institutions and businesses in the effective use of data for the continent’s development.

There is definitely a need for us, as Africans, to boost the capacity of national data ecosystems fairly early in the implementation cycle of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

“This is why the ECA and its partners have produced this report and will continue to do so, he said.

The maiden ADRR focused on mapping the data ecosystem in Africa with reference to the production and distribution.

Focus on 10 African countries
The focus was on case studies of national data ecosystems in 10 African countries, namely: Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland and Tanzania.

The report was published by the ECA in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Open Data for Development and the World Wide Web Foundation.

It identified key actors, communities and systems, their capacities, interactions and the ‘rules of the game.’

It is expected to be published biennially.

NAN/Mazino D/Mercy Chukwudiebere