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Towards the first Africa Data Report: Strengthening the Evidence base for an African Data Revolution

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The World Wide  Web Foundation, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Development Programme, and Africa Data Consensus Stakeholders  are leading the publication of the first “Africa Data Report” focusing on data issues in Africa. The publication will help African countries assess the progress toward data revolution, identify common problems, share good examples in openness and innovation, and come up with action plans that are applicable in the regional context.

In 2015,  African  data communities developed and adopted the Africa Data Consensus, recognizing the importance of the Data Revolution – a profound shift in the way that data is harnessed to impact on development decision-making, with a particular emphasis on building a culture of usage.  The Africa Data  Report (ADR) was planned as part of the implementation of the Data Consensus.  Each issue of the ADR will focus on one aspect of the data ecosystem at a time to provide in-depth analysis through the prism of the data revolution, openness and innovation. The first issue of the ADR will review the current data ecosystem in Africa and investigate the preparedness and readiness for a data revolution, openness and innovation in the continent. The report will propose quantitative and qualitative measures to assess and monitor the progress toward realizing the data revolution in Africa.