Africa in need of data accuracy revolution

When it comes to measuring the impacts of human development and economic progress in Africa, a comprehensive review of the data ecosystem needs to be done.

Lack of accurate information systems in Africa is a development and social cohesion challenge as it continues to make progress monitoring and decision making difficult. According to Asoko Insight, a new report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa tries to look at these challenges and how countries can work towards a better system and technology implementation to address the issue.

The broadband access gap between Sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world is getting wider, just as the gap in mobile communications is getting smaller. Increasing access to broadband connectivity is therefore emerging as a high priority for policymakers across the continent.

On the other hand, the Africa Data Revolution Report examines social cohesion using data from a wide variety of sources, including national statistics institutes and international organizations. It states that development agendas such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require that all the actors, stakeholders and beneficiaries have access to relevant information in order for them to play their respective roles in the development process, including implementation, monitoring and reporting on progress.

According to the ECA, the report will try to capture the current situation of data ecosystem in Africa based on the in-depth country assessments. It will further analyze the Sustainable Development Goals data needs and new sources to identify the data gaps.

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