SciDev.Net reports on a newly developed data platform, called the Open Data for Africa Platform, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), that has been established as a source of readily available information and statistics across the continent.
The Platform is reported to have been put in place to “improve evidence-based decision-making, policy formulation and overall good governance” states SciDev.Net.
It has also been established to provide members of the public with easy online access to official data.
Charles Lufumpa Leyeka, director of the statistics department of AfDB, is quoted as saying that the initiative is an opportunity for African countries to implement international statistical standards “for greater comparability of data at regional and international levels”.
The initiative is expected to address the challenge of facilitating information exchange between national statistical officers and global development partners and organisations.
“Officers will only need to upload data and [make it] available to the various development partners and users [thus], significantly reducing the data reporting burden,” Leyeka said.
The AfDB reportedly plans to assist countries with limited IT capacity. “The Bank will host platforms for countries that cannot do their own for a period of at least two years, during which they will be supported to strengthen their IT infrastructure and technical staffing,” Leyeka added.