Webinar: Innovations in data access – Delivering on the Data Revolution in sub-Saharan Africa
Date: 15/06/2017 - 15/06/2017
The African Population and Health Research Center invites you to join a free webinar on ‘Innovations in data access: Delivering on the Data Revolution in sub-Saharan Africa’ on June 15, 2017 at 3:00-4:00 PM East Africa Time / 12:00-1:00 PM GMT
The webinar will have three parts, followed by Q&A:
Data for decision-making to harness a demographic dividend – Benedict Orindi
Harnessing the demographic dividend requires creating a window of opportunity through rapid and sustained fertility reduction and capitalizing on this window through a combination of policies and government investment.
A critical step in achieving the demographic dividend is to make the right policy choices when investing in youth and children, and tracking the impact of those investments. Kenya’s devolved system of government means that counties have a pivotal role in driving public investment decisions. However, existing data gaps make tracking investments in youth and children impossible.
Benedict will describe efforts to improve the capacity and effectiveness of county governments to improve evidence-based decision-making, especially for human capital investments for Kenya’s children and youth, thereby supporting Kenya’s efforts towards achieving a demographic dividend.
At the cutting edge: improving data access – Cheikh Faye
APRHC adheres to the principle that data is a public good and should be made available to all users in a timely manner and in the most user-friendly formats. As part of the efforts to ensure wide, efficient and easy access to its data, APHRC launched in 2014 an online open-access microdata platform (http://microdata.aphrc.org/) to share anonymized datasets to expand the scope and impact of its research and encourage the formation of collaborative partnerships with other scholars and/or institutions. The web-based platform avails metadata files from all completed research projects at APHRC. Users have access to relevant information on all available datasets at APHRC, including description of the study design, sample size, data dictionary and related publications. Persistent identifiers (Digital Object Identifiers) are assigned to each online resource for easy tracking and citation purpose.
Cheikh will describe the APHRC Microdata Portal and how it complements the Center’s efforts to deliver on the data revolution in sub-Saharan Africa. He will also share how other academic and research institutions might accomplish similar aims to make African data more readily available to scholars and researchers around the world.
Delivering on the data revolution in sub-Saharan Africa – Alex Ezeh
Alex has been an influencer of the Africa data revolution for more than a decade and will share his perspectives on how these efforts fit into the larger frameworks to improve data quality on the continent.
Benedict Orindi, Senior Data Analyst, African Population and Health Research Center
Cheikh Faye, Senior Research Officer, African Population and Health Research Center
Alex Ezeh, Executive Director, African Population and Health Research Center
Moderated by Danielle Doughman, Policy Outreach Manager, African Population and Health Research Center
A demographic dividend is the potential economic growth a country can experience following a decline in birth and death rates, leading to a larger proportion of working-age adults and fewer dependents (young children and elderly).