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  • Discussion paper
  • 5 July 2017

Data for development in Africa: Ensuring commitments made at the High-level meeting in Kenya are met


Bernard Sabiti

The High-level meeting in Nairobi drew attention to the need for reliable data for decision-making, and the influence the data revolution in Africa has had, and will continue to have, on increasing data infrastructure, capacity and use. The meeting was politically and strategically successful: a culmination of years of advocacy and thinking on prioritising the data-development nexus for the post-2015 development agenda – an agenda that Development Initiatives has been closely involved with.

The discussion paper puts forward a series of practical requirements that are necessary for the commitments made to have the greatest chance of success – the roles and responsibilities of governments, statistical organisations, civil society organisations, donors and the private sector are all considered.

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