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Strathmore Leads the Way in Data Revolution

  Jul 4, 2017

Strathmore University is soon set to host one of Africa’s largest Open Data Source Center, through a consortium of global partners. Strathmore University is the first institution in Kenya to join the Global Partnerships for Sustainable Data Development.

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, convened African Leaders in Nairobi as the Governments of Kenya and Sierra Leone, and Safaricom hosted ‘Data for Development in Africa Forum’ on 29th and 30th June 2017.

This was in collaboration with the African Development Bank, the UN Economic Commission for Africa, and the Governments of Ghana, Senegal and Tanzania.  The partnership is expected to impact the fields of; business, agriculture, civil registration, health, migration and data capacity. The event culminated with the launch of Strathmore University’s Africa Media Hub.

The Africa Media Hub in collaboration with Oracle will provide Cloud Services and data analytics capability for the Kenyan Data Ecosystem. The hub will further integrate a data lab that will provide space for idealisation and co-creation of data-driven solutions that address real problems in the public sector. The hub will partner with line ministries, County Governments and the Kenya National Bureaus of Statistics.

H.E William Samoei Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya opened the High – Level  Meeting, stating “I am honored to gather with African governments and businesses, charities and researchers, taking the lead in harnessing the power of technology and innovation to advance our development agenda. We are a forward-looking region, which requires timely, accessible and accurate data for the informational aspects of our decision – making. With ‘Data for Development in Africa’ we are signaling our intent to lead other developing economies to secure better futures and leave no one behind.”

H.E Victor Bockarie Foh, Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone said: “The government of Sierra Leone strongly support this High- Level forum and is scaling up its commitment to support goal paths to sustainable development by 2030. Despite being a post-conflict nation that has a weathered health and economic crises, we have intensified efforts to develop and implement data led development plans. We collaborate in solidarity with other countries in Africa to discuss new strategies to unleash the power of data for the Sustainable Development Goals.”   

The objectives of the Data Center are to:

  • Demonstrate that the data revolution is delivering at scale in Africa by leveraging significant commitments to strengthen data infrastructure, capacity and use in Africa.
  • Show that this combined package of commitments delivered by a unique combination of public and private sector players intends to revolutionize service delivery in Africa, spreading the reach of data driven development to the poorest and most remote communities and improving outcomes for all.
  • Bring the power of new technologies and innovations to some of the world’s oldest problems, demonstrate the power of partnership and provide new models for action in the era of the data revolution.
  • The data hub is also set to provide space for conceptualization of ideas and data driven solutions which will help solve real time challenges facing the public sector.

Prior to the Global Partnership for Sustainable Data forum, Strathmore Business School in conjunction with Intelipro, Local Development Research Institute and the Ministry of Agriculture had hosted a workshop on Open Data for De-Risking Financial Services for the Agricultural sector on 16th June 2017, taking place concurrently with the G77 International Ministerial Conference on Open Data for Agricultural and Nutrition (GODAN), which was hosted in Kenya.


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