African Development Bank launches Open Data Platforms

14 March 2013 | Kavit Majithia


The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched Open Data Platforms for 20 countries in the continent.

The move is designed to improve data management and dissemination in Africa, with work due to be completed in the African countries by July 2013.

As part of the Open Data Platform, users can extract data, create and share customised reports and visualise data themes across different sectors and countries.

The platform is part of the AfDB’s recently launched Africa Information Highway initiative, and also facilitates the collection, analysis and sharing of data in different countries and with international development partners.

In response for demands to increase the quality of data access, the AfDB is looking to increase access for managing and monitoring development results in African countries. It also responds to important global and regional initiatives to scale up the availability of data in Africa.

Once implemented, the Open Data Platform will also be used for data submission flows to AfDB, and possibly international development partners, including the IMF, EU Commission, World Health Organisation, UN Food and Agriculture Organisation and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Countries included in the platform includes; Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.