Welcome to the Africa Open Data Network Monthly resource list. The resource list for December 2021 puts together content including a reading list of reports released in 2021, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health.
What AODN is reading this Month
Reports by stakeholders in the ecosystem in the year 2021
In the continued push for the championing of Data Protection and Data Rights in Kenya and beyond, the Open Institute has officially launched “A Study on National and Sub-National Data Practices in Kenya – Gaps and Opportunities” based on a study undertaken in five counties – Makueni, Taita Taveta, Kilifi, Vihiga and Bomet – on data protection and access to information laws and policy at the national and sub-national levels in Kenya. The study is a first in both documenting and generating good practices that may inform the rolling out of Kenya’s Data Protection Act (2019). This extends not just to the execution of privacy and data protection policies, but also awareness-raising on the law and redress for problems areas. Download here.
In 2011, government leaders and civil society advocates came together to create a unique partnership—one that combines these powerful forces to promote transparent, participatory, inclusive, and accountable governance. As the Open Government Partnership (OGP) completes 10 years, this series of policy progress reports provide a glimpse into how policy areas have advanced, as accelerated by the OGP platform and a growing global community of reformers in governments, civil society, business, media, and international organizations. Read More
“Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2021” presents the latest evidence on gender equality across all 17 Goals, highlighting the progress made since 2015 but also the continued alarm over the COVID-19 pandemic, its immediate effect on women’s well-being, and the threat it poses to future generations. Download here.
From Local Needs to Local Knowledge: Better Data to End Hunger outlines the ways in which countries are using innovative collaborative models to produce better agri-food systems statistics. People on the front lines of these debates speak to what works—and what doesn’t—for developing country-wide strategies to build capacity, share information, and create data ecosystems that meet the needs of policymakers, farmers, families, and communities facing food insecurity. Download here
The exponential growth in the production and use of data, intensified by the COVID-19 crisis, has created vast amounts of new data. These data have incredible potential for development: from helping to improve decision making to mapping the spread of diseases, to providing marginalized communities with access to online services. At the same time, these data can be misused to cause harm to individuals or groups, either willfully or through weak or improper data governance and management practices. Enabling trusted and effective use of data for development requires the adoption of rules and harmonized standards for the formatting, archiving, and dissemination of data. Similarly, ensuring the value from data is equitably distributed requires clear rules on who has access to and control over data infrastructure, and even what data is collected. Download here.
The Impact of COVID-19 on African Civil Society Organizations: Ongoing Uncertainty and a Glimmer of Optimism.
Significant losses of funding have limited the ability of African civil society organizations (CSOs) to meet the needs of their communities at a time when COVID-19 has pushed demand for their services to unprecedented levels. This is one of the key findings of the most recent report released by EPIC-Africa and @AfricanNGOs entitled: “The Impact of COVID-19 on African Civil Society Organizations: Ongoing Uncertainty and a Glimmer of Optimism”. The report is based on a survey of 1,039 CSOs in 46 African countries in June and July of 2021. It follows our 2020 report, which surveyed African CSOs in the early days of the pandemic. Download the report here.
Data is everywhere. But what is the data revolution doing for the 700 million people who live in extreme poverty? When data are turned into valuable information, they have the potential to improve lives, transform economies, and help end poverty. Now more than ever, the world is facing new demands for data as our principal weapon in the war against COVID-19. The latest edition of the World Development Report from the World Bank provides a blueprint on how to harness the power of data for development, to ensure no one is left behind. Read the report here.
In Case you Missed it
Here are some major events that have taken place within the last month that we took part in