Media Review:

New need for knowledge

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires a reorientation of global development policies. Its principles seem simple and universal: the agenda applies to all countries, no one should be left behind, and everyone should cooperate. Nonetheless, they have wide-ranging consequences for the knowledge systems that development agencies rely upon.”

Development and Cooperation (mentioned PARIS21)

Looking beyond the handshakes: The G20’s announcements on open data

“Last weekend the heads of the world’s biggest economies met in Hamburg for their annual summit. The news was dominated by Donald Trump’s disagreements with other leaders and his first meeting with Vladimir Putin. However, under the radar, there were a number of announcements that are of interest for those of us working to open up government data.”


READY TO MEASURE: PHASE II Finding the Indicators to Monitor SDG Gender Targets

“Achieving gender equality – and monitoring its progress – will require a significant improvement in the availability of data disaggregated by sex, age, and other important attributes. Currently, 23 percent of the 232 indicators across the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), or 53 indicators in total, have a gender component to them. Access to high-quality gender data are critical to a country’s ability to compile each of these indicators needed to plan and implement SDGs; but how many of these indicators are available today?”

Open Data Watch

Uncertainty trails conduct of 2018 census in Nigeria

“Uncertainties have continued to trail the conduct of the much anticipated 2018 census, Tribune Online has gathered. The census which was last conducted in 2006 was due in 2016 but postponed for 2018.”

Tribune Online (Nigeria)

African Development Bank To Fund Cape Verde Data Centre

“Facility to be built in a large ICT park which the country’s government hopes will put Cape Verde on the map for technology hubs.”

Data Economy

What the internet reveals about who we are

“The conclusion of Everybody Lies contains a bold claim, which is extremely interesting, if true. Previously, most social science was based on little more than informed guesswork given the messiness of the world and the imperfections of underlying data. The dangers of confusing correlation and causation have been much discussed. As the saying goes, economists have always had “physics envy” because their discipline lacks the mathematical precision found in hard science.

But the Big Data revolution promises to change that formulation.”

The Financial Times

La santé passe à l’ère du Big Data

« La révolution du big data transforme en profondeur de nombreux secteurs, à l’image de la santé. Dans ce domaine, les données disponibles devraient être multipliées par 50 d’ici 20201, représentant un potentiel d’innovation sans précédent : identification de facteurs de risque de maladie, aide au diagnostic, au choix et au suivi de  l’efficacité des traitements, pharmacovigilance, épidémiologie… »


How Africa’s Data Revolution Can Deliver Sustainable Development Outcomes

“The data revolution in Africa is characterised by increasing amounts of data now being produced at faster speeds, by more actors (beyond the State) deploying various technologies and innovations than ever before. This revolution, is also characterised by greater dissemination and analytical capabilities through new technologies and social media.”


Commentary: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: A different strategy for a different time

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted two years ago by the 193 member states of the United Nations as a collective and transformative call for action to shift the course of our shared destiny towards a more equal and sustainable development pattern.”

Caribbean News

World Bank finances production of statistics in Mozambique

“The World Bank (WB) has approved a US$62 million grant to Mozambique to improve the production and dissemination of quality socio-economic statistics and to support the use this data in policy-making, the agency said.”


2017: the year we lost control of world population surge?

“Global efforts to help millions of women plan their families – and address unsustainable population growth – are falling woefully short, with looming cuts in funding threatening to hamper progress further, campaigners warn.”

The Guardian

Something fun:

Data visualization trick: Make every country on a map the same size

Data Driven Journalism



61st World Statistics Conference

16 – 21 July 2017, Marrakech

Africa Open Data Conference

17– 21 July 2017, Accra


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