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Elumelu Foundation drives Africa data revolution

18 May 2015, 20:53

Lagos - The Tony Elumelu Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa have concluded a three-day working session to create a roadmap on how to implement an ambitious plan to initiate a so-called data revolution across Africa.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation's Africapitalism Institute, which conducts rigorous research on economic and social development, hosted a group of data experts at its offices in Lagos in order to help move the conversation forward, recognizing that there is an urgent need for a data revolution in Africa to inform key policies that address some of the continent¹s most critical needs.

The Institute represents the private sector¹s role in the data revolution process as both a provider and a consumer. 

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In order for Africapitalism - the private sector's commitment to Africa's development, through long-term investment in strategic sectors that drive both economic prosperity and social wealth ­ to take root on the continent, the data revolution must be as inclusive as possible, the Director of the Institute, David Rice, stated.

Meanwhile, the conversation on the data revolution in Africa continued in Lagos when the Economic Commission for Africa convened data experts to discuss immediate steps to be taken to actualize the data revolution in Africa.

The Lagos meeting, hosted by The Tony Elumelu Foundation's Africapitalism Institute, included experts from the World Wide Web Foundation, United Nations, African Union Commission and the African Development Bank. ­

- CAJ News


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