African Development Bank launches open data platform

African Development Bank launches open data platform

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Ethiopia: The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched Open Data Platform for the entire African continent as part of the AfDB’s Africa Information Highway initiative to scale up the collection, management, analysis, and sharing of quality statistics relating to the continent’s development. In July 2013 it has completed the last phase of the project for 14 African countries: Benin, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Kenya, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and Togo.

Statistical data for all 54 African countries are now available to all users. In addition to social and economic statistics, data on key development topics such as climate change, food security, infrastructure, and gender equality can be accessed by researchers, analysts and policymakers worldwide.

This ambitious initiative sees the establishment of live data links between the AfDB, National Statistical Offices, Central Banks and line ministries in all African countries on the one hand and subregional organizations, international development institutions, and a worldwide community of users on the other.

By providing quality data aligned to the highest international statistical standards, the initiative will foster evidence-based decision making, good governance and public accountability.

International development agencies, including the IMF, will be uploading and regularly updating their statistics on African countries onto the AfDB’s Open Data for Africa Platform. The Platform will function as a central hub for data-sharing with international development partners. In addition, the IMF and AfDB have formed a partnership to provide joint technical assistance to African countries to assist in their data submission and reporting.

The Open Data Platform takes statistics to a whole new level. Users can visualise time series development indicators, perform comprehensive analysis at country and regional levels, utilise presentation-ready templates or create their own visuals, blog, share their views and work with others.

Source: News Business Ethiopia