The Local Development Research Institute through its Africa Open Data Network (AODN) Program is pleased to launch The 2020-2021 Africa Open Data Fellowship. This will be the second cohort following the 2019-2020 inaugural Africa Open Data Fellowship. The Fellowship seeks to provide direct technical assistance to select government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) across different African countries to help them use and share data to support their ongoing work.
The technical assistance is delivered through the secondment of a fellow to the participating government MDAs for a year to collaboratively identify opportunities for integrating open data in decision making or addressing challenges to open data within their contexts.
The 2020-2021 phase of the Africa Open Data Fellowship will be implemented in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and Nigeria and seeks to explore the publication and use of data on agriculture, energy access, nutrition, climate change, and education. It seeks to further understand the intersectoral nature of the three themes and how they are impacted by emerging challenges such as the Desert Locust and COVID-19.
The Africa Open Data Fellowship 2020-2021 program has 3 main objectives:
- To surface evidence on the availability and use of data for gender-responsive decision-making in responding to emerging and intersectoral development challenges
- To support capacity-building efforts in government MDAs’ to publish and use data for decision making.
- To evaluate the suitability of the fellowship model as a means of providing technical support to governments.