The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has launched a new data-driven portal that collects and will measure statistics on issues like safety, human rights and economic opportunities to determine a "governance ranking" for each Afrikan country.
The Ibrahim Index of African Governance relies on 15 years of statistics that the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has collected and analysed. Despite all this data, the Foundation acknowledges that there is a persistent data deficit in Afrika, and this makes the job of governments a bit more difficult. The lack of data also means it is difficult for citizens to measure the progress, if any, of their governments.
“It is a matter of ownership, of identity and of sovereignty, Without sound national data, there is no way you can define adequate public policies oor measure their outcomes.”Mo Ibrahim
The IIAG Data Portal was launched on 18 November to mark this year's African Statistics Day. The project to get all this information online, the Foundation says, reinforces the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s commitment to strengthening the availability and use of data in Africa. Through its specially designed digital format, the Data Portal provides access to the most comprehensive collection of data on African governance to policymakers, businesses, academics and civil society.
“I’m delighted that the Foundation can play its part in taking forward Africa’s data revolution, and I hope that our new Data Portal will support efforts to improve governance on the continent” Abdalla Hamdok, Chairperson, Mo Ibrahim Foundation Advisory Council
Beyond giving a governance ranking, the data portal has some interesting features such as:
Making it possible for users to examine data at the indicator-level for all 95 IIAG indicators;
Enabling users to undertake analysis of governance rankings, scores and trends over the fifteen-year period since 2000, for each of Africa’s 54 countries;
Adding a visual element - users can generate visualizations and graphics from the data;
“The Portal is a powerful tool that allows anyone who is interested in African governance to make their own assessments using its 95 individual measures of governance." said Abdalla Hamdok, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Advisory Council.
“With it, anyone can build on the analysis conducted by the Foundation and produce new and unique findings from the data. We hope that the ability to conduct research of this kind will be invaluable to those seeking to identify solutions to the challenges confronting African nations today,” he commented further .
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