Data for Development Practice

Coffee cherry on a coffee plant. The coffee value chain is key to the agricultural transformation agenda in East Africa.

Coffee cherry in a farm in central Kenya.

  • Our Data for Development Practice aim is to support the implementation of evidence informed policies that propel the continent towards sustainable development. The work of the practice is informed by Africa’s Agenda 2063, and Africa’s thematic instruments of development with particular focus on the Malabo Declaration on Accelerated Agriculture Growth and Transformation for Shared Prosperity and Improved Livelihoods and The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol). The practice’s approach seeks to improve availability of data for decision-making and strengthen multi-stakeholder spaces in influencing policy for sustainable development with particular focus on the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP) elements related to expansion of agro-industry and development of inclusive agriculture value-chains. We believe these drive progress towards wealth creation, poverty eradication, improving food security and strengthening resilience of rural communities in Africa.


  • The program’s objectives are informed by LDRI’s strategic goals for the period 2016 to 2020:
  1. Strengthening the Africa data ecosystem for planning, monitoring and review of interventions to drive agricultural transformation in Africa
  2. Supporting processes for evidence-driven policies in Africa that deliver sustainable development for everyone.
  3. Building capacity of stakeholders to use make their data open and accessible to others.
  • The practice’s expected outcomes are achieved through implementation of discrete projects and contribute to LDRI’s results framework for the period 2016 to 2020. They are:
  1. Increased investment in public institutions to improve availability and access of data and statistics on cross-sector development with particular focus on agro-industry, agriculture value chains and data on and data that is useful for women.
  2. Establishment of multi-stakeholder spaces on data for development to facilitate sharing of knowledge and data as well as application of evidence in policy.
  3. Increased recognition of multi-stakeholder spaces by the public sector through adoption of resolutions emanating from these spaces by relevant institutions.
  4. Increase in portals and initiatives by non-state actors to publish their data.
  5. Increase in data & technology literacy initiatives for non-state actors that improve use & dissemination of data/statistics.