Improving the state of data for development related decisions in Africa remains an imperative for us and a critical success factor for African countries.

About the Data for Development Practice

Good data is a critical ingredient in sound development policy and implementation. Our Data for Development Practice is particularly interested in understanding the drivers for development data and the development and use of Artificial Intelligence. We are interested in ways through which data-informed decisions can be part of business-as-usual in Africa’s governments.


The Programs

 Africa Open Data Network program is generating research insights to contribute to improvements in data for development in Africa. Learn more.

The AI-AI program is focused on providing practical evidence-informed insights to guide public sector institutions in addressing the human capital, sustainable financing and enabling environment challenges that come with accountable and inclusive adoption of in government. Learn more.

Practice Objectives

Strengthening the enabling environment for AI and development data. This aspect of our work aims to supports improvement of policy and regulatory frameworks for expanded civic space, open government, adoption of global standards for improving digital government services and adoption of international normative frameworks for new technologies. 

Growth in human capital development. This aspect of our work supports investment decisions, human resource planning and peer networking for the civi service to ensure the people have the skills, culture and incentives necessary to get their job done.

Sustainable financing for data. While data generation, use and dissemination are core to government, the funding for this is in many instances in constant jeopardy. This aspect of our work aims to support efforts to mobilise domestic resources for sustainable data  and AI infrastructure.

Recent articles

Understanding the Impact of Covid-19 on CSOs in Data Ecosystems Across Sub-Saharan Africa

The Covid-19 pandemic has and continues to impact different sectors and data ecosystems around the world differently. Civil society organizations (CSOs) are important players in data […]

The Utility of Cross-Sector Gender Data Linkages for Inclusive Development Outcomes in Africa

Over the years, Africa has adopted a raft of development frameworks that have highly influenced its development agenda. Such frameworks include Agenda 2063 at the regional […]