Africa’s Information Highway - The AfDB Launches Open Data Platforms for 20 African Countries

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The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched Open Data Platforms for the following 20 African countries: 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. The Open Data Platform program is part of the AfDB’s recently launched “Africa Information Highway” initiative aimed at significantly improving data management and dissemination in Africa. Work is on course to complete platforms for the rest of African countries by July 2013.

The Open Data Platform is a user-friendly tool for extracting data, creating and sharing own customized reports, and visualizing data across themes, sectors and countries in tables, charts and maps. Through the Open Data Platform, users can access a wide range of development data on African countries from multiple international and national official sources. The platform also facilitates the collection, analysis and sharing of data among countries and with international development partners. The platform offers a unique opportunity for various users, such as policymakers, analysts, researchers, business leaders and investors around the world, to gain access to reliable and timely data on Africa. Users can visualize time series development indicators over a period of time, perform comprehensive analysis at country and regional levels, utilize presentation-ready graphics or create their own, blog, and share their views and work with others, thereby creating an informed community of users.

The Open Data Platform initiative is a response by the African Development Bank Group aimed at significantly increasing access to quality data necessary for managing and monitoring development results in African countries, including the MDGs. It responds to a number of important global and regional initiatives to scale up the availability of quality data on Africa and so foster evidence-based decision-making, public accountability and good governance.

Once implemented, the Open Data Platform will be used by African countries for all data submission flows to the AfDB and possibly other international development partners, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), EU Commission, World Health Organization (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), African Union Commission (AUC) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). This initiative presents a unique opportunity for African countries to take the lead in implementation and promotion of international statistical standards across all countries in the region and in enhancing the quality of the data disseminated by African countries.

The initiative will also significantly revolutionize data management and dissemination in Africa, and reposition the continent for more effective participation in the global information economy.


Maoland Nde - Congo-Brazzaville 18/03/2013 05:54
Tres bonne initiave de la BAD, cette platforme permetra aux investisseurs d'avoir plus d'info sur un pays.
Etudiant Congolais.
Edwin Opare - Ghana 15/03/2013 15:01
This is interesting considering the Government of Ghana has already deployed an Open Data portal which is actively being used by the Ghanaian citizen and foreign nationals alike. See
Aboubacar DIALLO - Guinea 15/03/2013 15:00
Une très bonne initiative de la BAD, mais pourquoi la Guinée n'est pas partie des pays choisis?
eric bessanh amoussou - Benin 14/03/2013 15:54
Il est à saluer cette belle initiative qui vient renforcer le dispositif de la BAD dans sa mission qui se veut noble et au service du développement. Plus elle communiquera mieux elle gagnerait en qualité d'interventions à travers ses actions. bons vents à la vie et le rayonnement de cette institution!
Marwan Dahab - Sudan 14/03/2013 14:46
The dissemination and analysis of big data can provide deep insight on how to create value and opportunities. It's up to the public and private sectors to utilise this information to garner and drive sustainable growth. Glad to see AfDB leading this initiative in Africa!
Privat Tiburce MASSANGA - Congo-Brazzaville 14/03/2013 13:52
Je salue votre initiative. Alors il faut beaucoup de vulgarisation et de communication auprès des institutions, des médias, des chercheurs et des étudiants.

Privat Tiburce Massanga
Journaliste à Brazzaville
Mariam Flantié Diarra née Diallo - Mali 14/03/2013 13:15
Très belle initiative de la Banque Africaine de Développement d'avoir la plate forme Open Data qui facilitera la transmission et le partage des données entre les pays et les institutions de développement. A l'heure de la mondialisation, il est important d'avoir les outils de nouvelles technologies et de rester connecté sur l'autoroute de l'information.

Mme Diarra M.F.D.
Ancienne Ministre de la Communication et des Nouvelles Technologies
Joseph Kasputys - United States 14/03/2013 02:16
As a former executive in the information industry and a regular user of factual data-based analysis, the AfDB is to be congratulated on this initiative, which should improve public policy development by government officials and better inform the citizens of the countries that are covered by this innovative program.

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