We want to organize the session "Capacity Building for East Africa for Data Management and Participation in International Surveys" at the next RDA Plenary in Botswana. If you would like to contribute with a presentation, please send title and abstract of max 250 words to us by June 25th 11.59 pm so we can upload the session proposal before the deadline June29th. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Best wishes Norman, Simone and Ingvill
Interest Group "Data for Development"
Proposal for a session
At the RDA Twelfth Plenary Meeting Gaborone, Botswana
Session on Capacity Building for East Africa for Data Management and Participation in International Surveys
Data collection, data management, and statistical data analysis are the basis for monitoring the economic and social development of societies. In terms of understanding global developments and interlinkage between major social and economic dynamics, large-scale international surveys such as the annually run International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) are an important source of analysis. Based on a cross-national collaboration that started in 1984 with four founding members (Australia, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States) the ISSP today extends to over 50 member countries from all over the world with only two ISSP African member countries and no East African member country.
In Sub-Saharan Africa, data generation and services related to the production and accessibility of reliable data to monitor social development and, ultimately, to contribute to reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are only rudimentary developed and not always effectively produced and monitored by local actors. While in some countries national bureaus of statistics collect basic census-based and survey-based data, these data typically are not shared and not accessible to researchers. Some data collection is also organized by international organizations (like NGOs or the UN), which rely on their own selective data bases to support their respective development agenda. Where African initiatives have sought to foster data production and availability, alliances can only to very limited degree revert to support from African expertise.
By forming part of international data alliances and surveys, African countries facilitate and promote the spread of international standards of survey methodology and development in their countries. The proposed session seeks to address the issue of what is needed to increase the participation of African countries in international surveys. This includes aspects of data collection and sharing; national technology and infrastructure; data literacy and data management expertise; developing reliable data infrastructure and services; and, last but not least, the commitment needed from African stakeholders.
If you would like to contribute with a presentation please send us a title and brief abstract of 250 words by June 25th 11.59 pm 2018 as the session proposal has to be uploaded by June 29 2018