This session will highlight the data value chain from the community to research to government policy-makers and other decision makers. We will share concrete examples of what can be achieved through the data revolution in sub-Saharan Africa when data actors work in tandem – across technology, research, and government – towards the common goal of generating evidence on the health and socio-demographic realities of those living in slums, communities whose outcomes were until recently masked in regional and/or national statistics. This data revolution is transforming the data ecosystem in Africa to a more cohesive and responsive ecosystem that facilitates decision making and sustainable development by harnessing data from diverse sources in the shifting technological landscape.
The focus of the session will be on the following three initiatives that have been adopted with an aim to transform the data ecosystem:
- demographic surveillance in African slum communities to ensure availability of data that disaggregates urban slum populations from other urban populations and translates findings for relevant stakeholders;
- online data portals to enhance the useful life of datasets that can be replicated in other research institutions and universities; and
- partnerships with government and their collaborators to improve data systems and enhance use of data for sub-national policy making and budgeting towards harnessing a demographic dividend
We will share case studies from national and sub-national levels, including challenges and lessons learned and recommendations that can be adapted to other regional, national and local contexts to help fulfill the promise of the Sustainable Development Goals to leave no one behind.