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Date: Wednesday, August 4th, 2021  4 pm – 5 pm EAT (GMT +3)

Background information for this session:

The Global Data Barometer (GDB) is a global data index that seeks to provide updated, in-depth, country-level insights on data policy and practices across the globe. With data from over 100 countries, the GDB will fill critical knowledge gaps on how data policy and practice are unfolding in different sectors, regions, and countries around the world by providing a new research-ready open dataset, in-depth analysis, and country and sectoral profiles. These outputs will help add to the understanding of the ongoing data transformation, provide a critical new comparative benchmark on data, contribute to in-depth quantitative and qualitative research on data and support sectoral efforts with actionable insights.

The GDB is coordinated through a network of regional research hubs. LDRI is coordinating the Africa hub, conducting and overseeing research across 24 countries including; Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Gambia, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Morocco, Namibia, DR Congo, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Cameroon, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tunisia, Togo, and Uganda.


This webinar will focus on the GDB and what it means for different actors in Sub-Saharan Africa. The session will aim to provide participants with a better understanding of the GDB and its utility and implications for different stakeholders in Sub-Saharan Africa.



Silvana is the GDB Project Director as well as the Research and Policy Director of ILDA. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tasmania, Australia. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a degree in Political Science from the University of Buenos Aires (Argentina). She has served as a consultant for several international organizations, governments, and civil society groups. In the past few years, she has focused her work on the intersection of data and inclusion.

Twitter: @databarometer /@silvanavf  Pronouns: she/her/hers


Linet is a Program Officer at LDRI, where she leads the Africa Open Data Network (AODN). Among other projects under the program, she is currently coordinating research for the Global Data Barometer (GDB) across 24 African countries. 

In the past few years, her work has focused on researching and implementing programs on the use of (open) data for inclusive and sustainable development, open and inclusive governance, and enabling legal and policy frameworks for the implementation of open data initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa. Linet holds a Master’s Degree in Media, Communication, and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Twitter: @networkfordata /@j_angaya  Pronouns: she/her/hers