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Ghana hosts a week of Open Data for Africa

July 17, 2017

Chipo Msengezi of CTA is at the Africa Open Data Conference this week. She will be running a training session and chairing the Capacity development panel. The 2017 Africa Open Data Conference in Accra, Ghana, is set to attract over 800 delegates drawn from all over Africa. The aim is to push the leadership role of the private sector in supplying, using, and demanding open data.

It brings together open data innovators and introduces investors and donors to an expanding sector that seeks and supplies open data to achieve development goals in Africa and across the globe. The conference covers how open data is improving approaches to development in gender, health, energy, extractives, education, economic growth, agriculture and nutrition, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

On Monday delegates are participating in site visits around Accra including data journalism at the New Media hub, Agriculture at the iSpace, Entrepreneurship and women in technology at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. There is also a Wikidata Hackathon and community mapping workshop at the Kofi Annan Centre.

Tuesday there are sessions on data journalism, Open Data research, Climate change and weather data, and the AgPack – a guide to agricultural open data for policymakers (see the recent webinar here).

Wednesday is "Open Data showcase and training day". Chipo Msengezi of CTA is delivering a GODAN action training session specifically for trainers with a group of around 16 participants. This will test some of the materials produced as part of the curriculum which is being developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as a Massive Open Online Course planned for later in the year.

Thursday the President of Ghana opens the main event focused on "Open Data Policy and Politics". CTA is chairing a panel looking at the capacity requirements to support policy building on the network idea created at the ministerial conference in Nairobi in June. The day will include reviewing the current status of SDG data roadmaps and open data policies and priorities across the continent.

Friday the conference concludes with the theme Public Private Partnerships and the way forward with thematic breakouts on agriculture and the hackathon presentations from the work earlier in the week.

Further reading 

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Or twitter #AODC17

More about the GODAN action project: GODAN action website