Inaugural Africa Data Revolution Report-2016

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04 May 2017
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The data revolution can be harnessed to catalyse positive social, economic and environmental transformation in Africa. Considerable innovation and experimentation is currently under way within multiple data communities and ecosystems in many African countries. However, for the most part, these are small-scale, pilot, isolated or ad hoc initiatives.If Africa is to benefit from the full transformative potential of the data revolution, more systematic,large-scale, integrated and sustainable efforts are going to be needed.

African governments and other stakeholders recognize the importance of the data revolution for the continent’s development. At the continental level,this recognition is embodied in the Africa Data Consensus1 and other statistical and development initiatives, including the African Charter on Statistics and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. At the national level, this can be seen in long-term national development plans and numerous legal, legislative and policy reforms aimed at improving the quality, timeliness, relevance, availability and accessibility of data. In many countries, these national and continental development goals are in the process of being aligned with the global development priorities to which most African countries have subscribed, including most notably the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This alignment entails efforts to harmonize, coordinate or integrate data requirements for the Sustainable Development Goals and national development priorities.