The African Development Bank (AfDB), as the premier developmental organization in the continent, supports its 54 regional member countries to reduce levels of poverty and boost economic and social progress. Reliable and timely data are vital not only for formulating the AfDB’s own strategies, and for monitoring the outcomes of its programs and projects, but also for all those who wish to ensure the continent’s future positive growth trajectory. This includes key policymakers in African countries, central banks and non-governmental organizations, subregional and regional organizations, UN agencies, multinational organizations, as well as external donors and investors.
The Bank completed installation of the Data Portals in all the countries and several regional organizations a couple of years ago. This mega network for easy data access, analysis and exchange has now become the African Information Highway.
The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) recently selected the Bank’s African Information Highway (AIH) as one of the most innovative initiatives to inform the post-2015 Data Revolution.
The Africa Information Highway (AIH) is a one-stop center for development data on African countries. It responds to the request made by African Heads of State at the July 2012 Summit for pan African institutions (AfDB, AUC, and ECA) to support countries to improve data collection, management, and dissemination systems.
The paramount objective of the Africa Information Highway (AIH) is to facilitate open access to relevant, timely, and accurate African data supplied by not only regional countries themselves but also other authoritative sources, including international development agencies. Each country/site is provided with a Data Portal (DP) and an Open Data Portal (ODP).
If you are interested in reading about a specific subject or would like to submit an article about Africa's data needs, please contact the AfDB Statistics office at:firstname.lastname@example.org