Register to attend Open Sustainable Development Data Day
May 4, 2016 ~ Century City Conference Center - Hall A
At the edges of the regional gathering of Open Government Partnership, AODC will host a day event to share government and organizational experiences in developing and institutionalizing open data policies, will tackle a few of the Sustainable Development Goals including water and agriculture to determine how open data can be most useful in achieving the targets, and highlight the untapped leadership role of the private sector in sourcing and using quality open data for Africa.  This event is for journalists, civic technologists, IT solution providers, banks, telecommunications companies, insurance companies, NGO's, and local and national governments to roll up their sleeves and collaborate in workshops and interactive discussions.


7:45 - Registration & Refreshments

8:30 - Program Begins

Who is the Africa Open Data Community?

  • All Participants

9:00-9:15 By the People for the People - Why Open Data for Africa

  • Nnenna Nwankama - Africa Regional Coordinator, The Web Foundation

9:15 - 9:45 - Using Open Data to Support Sustainable Development

  • Dr. Albina Chuwa - Director General of National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania 
  • Yassi Hadjibashi - Chief Data Officer of Barclays, Africa
  • Jean-Paul Van Belle - Director of IT & National Development, University of Cape Town

9:45 - 10:15 - Open Data for Climate Change: SDG #13

  • Komalin Chetty - Senior Manager of Data Governance, Telkom SA
  • Rob Worthington - CEO, Kwantu
  • Dr. Emmanuel Lansana - Geological Data & Information Manager, Sierra Leone National Mining Association

10:15 - 10:45 am: Refreshments & Transition to Breakout Tables

10:45 am - 11:30 am: Open Data for SDGs - Roadmaps Breakout

  • Yassi Hadjibashi - Chief Data Officer, Barclays, Africa & Rob Worthington - CEO, Kwantu
  • Dr. Emmanuel Lansana - Geological Data & Information Manager, Sierra Leone National Mining Association & Charles Young  - National Resource Governance Institute
  • Jean-Paul Van Bell & Paul Mungai - Department of Information Systems, University of Cape Town
  • Malick Tapsoba - Project Lead for Open Elections, Government of Burkina Faso & Kateryna Onyiliogwu - Community Manager, Open Data Institute

11:30 - 12:50 pm: Lunch break

12:50 pm: Transition Back to Program

1:00 - 1:15 Reaching SDGs Before 2030

  • Megan Smith - Chief Technology Officer of the United States

1:15 - 1:30 Outcomes from Tables

  •   Kat Townsend - Senior Open Data Advisor, Data Collaboratives

1:30 - 2:00 pm: Telling Better Stories - SDG 16 Transparent Institutions

  • Adi Eyal - Founder, Code for South Africa
  • Winnie Kamau -  Association of Freelance Journalists & Co-Founder of
  • Malick Tapsoba - Project lead, Open Elections, Burkina Faso

2:00 - 2:45 pm: Data Cooking Show

  • Winnie Kamau - Africa Journalist Association & Co-Founder of
  • Paul Mungai - University of Cape Town
  • Sarah Evans and Daniela Lepiz - Data Journalism Academy - Code for South Africa
  • Charles King - South African Freelancers' Association SAFREA
  • Andrew Charman - Livelihoods South Africa

2:45 - 3:15 pm: Refreshment break

3:15 - 3:30 Newsflash Highlights

3:30 pm: Announcements

  • Rob Worthington: Partnership with Care and WorldVision on People-to-People data
  • Lenina Rassool: South Africa Hack4Water
  • Kat Townsend: GODAN Summit and SDG Global Partnership

4:00 pm: Photo & Close

AODC 2016 Focus on SDG's

In 2015, more than 190 world leaders committed to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help us all end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change. We each have a role to play if we’re going to achieve these goals of a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable world.  In this event, we are focusing on the role of open data in advancing three of the Global Sustainable Development Goals:

SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Gender inequalities are still deeply rooted in every society. Many women lack access to employment opportunities, basic education, and health care, and are often subjected to violence and discrimination. The math is simple: in countries where there's higher gender equality, there's less poverty, more economic growth, and a higher standard of living. Investing in women-run businesses produces the greatest return for growth and stability in other sectors within local communities and banking institutions are repaid loans in full at an average 97% far higher than the mean.  Let's improve opportunities for everyone by dismantling barriers to women's participation in economic, social and political life.

SDG 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

The world's industrialised nations have changed the balance of the earth's carbon cycle over the last 150 years by burning large amounts of fossil fuels. Climate change has the potential to derail other efforts toward sustainable development by altering weather patterns that threaten our food production and increasing sea levels which will displace coastal communities. Extreme weather threatens livelihoods and lives of people across the globe and across the continent Africa is undergoing a severe water crisis.  We need to increase awareness of the causes of and grow solutions that combat and adapt to climate crisis for individuals and world leaders before it is too late.

SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

In the age of global connectivity, the ability to grow industry and improve livelihoods is dependent on the quality, accuracy, and speed of information.  Open government institutions working with well-trained storytellers and journalists can improve the dissemination of knowledge needed to spur innovation and growth from advancements in public transportation and road infrastructure to ensuring city and rural health centers are well stocked with supplies.  The rise of “infomediaries” ensures that the needs of people and clients are well understood and shared and that services that industry and government provide are reaching the intended destination.  Using improved data can greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness of governments and supports stronger institutions that serve us all.


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