African data champions take up SDG challenge

Jacqueline Musiitwa
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‘Data champions’ from five African countries are taking up the challenge of improving data collection across the continent to enhance progress under the Sustainable Development Goals.
Data is abundant on the continent, says Jacqueline Musiitwa, the Zambian-based champion for the Accur8Africa initiative. But it is so disorganised, she adds, that it is difficult to make sense of the information available and use it to inform policymaking.
Accur8Africa brings together data scientists from Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal and Zambia, to improve accuracy, accountability and accessibility to data. In this audio interview, Musiitwa explains that the programme will be looking at economic and public health data to assess where countries stand within their development agenda.
“Data will help us determine where we want to go,” she adds