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Data sovereignty is key

Data sovereignty is key

Africa’s huge infrastructure deficit is well documented. With connectivity across the continent growing exponentially, digital infrastructure has become a key area that requires the urgent attention of investors and policymakers alike.

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Democracies die in data darkness

Democracies die in data darkness

US news organisation The Washington Post has “democracy dies in darkness” emblazoned on its masthead, and this is true of all forms of government, and all forms of democracy.

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Namibia’s data gaps fuel policy blindness

Namibia’s data gaps fuel policy blindness

The fact that Namibia will not be conducting a census in 2022 – which would have collected data on more than 80 indicators for everything from population size, location and migration, to housing, health and education demographics – exacerbates perennial concerns about the usefulness and credibility of official data.

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Nigerian secrecy laws impede information transparency

Nigerian secrecy laws impede information transparency

At the Abuja-based Centre for Journalism, Innovation, and Development in Nigeria, Ijeoma Okereke, a programme officer, keeps a list of government agencies that she says respond to requests for information and those that do not. In 2021, when her organisation tried to measure how public institutions release information and data to citizens under the country’s […]

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Data sovereignty is key

Data sovereignty is key

Africa’s huge infrastructure deficit is well documented. With connectivity across the continent growing exponentially, digital infrastructure has become a key area that requires the urgent attention of investors and policymakers alike.

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Africa’s statistical capacity by country

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Cameroon’s statistical conundrum

Cameroon’s statistical conundrum

Cameroon, like other sub-Saharan African countries, has a problem with the production of reliable data. The situation is so precarious that Shantayanan Devarajan, the one-time chief economist for Africa at the World Bank, described it as “Africa’s statistical tragedy”. This post is only available...

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