PB 14/42 - An Open African Data Approach to Improving Data Quality

Lynn Woolfrey

Date of Publication: 
December 2014

African governments collect primary data on their populations through regular censuses and sample surveys. They also collect primary data as administrative records in the course of governing. This primary data, or microdata, is detailed enough to give government decision-makers an accurate picture of their economies and societies. Microdata can inform planning processes for more targeted, and possibly more effective, national policies. But there are multiple barriers to microdata-informed policies. A more Open Data approach from official data producers in African countries could ensure government departments get the microdata they need for decision-making.

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