Development of Innovative Data Toolkits for African Cities

Development of Innovative Data Toolkits for African Cities

How can we equip local governments to plan better for governance and service delivery?

Large programmatic interventions of development partners, especially at sub-national levels, are challenged by a lack of reliable data for intervention planning and monitoring. Athena, in consortium with Development Gateway, set out to resolve the lack quality data across thematic areas. It established these as: Citizenship and Governance, Service Delivery, Economy and Environment. It then developed capacities at a city level, in the African context. Athena developed a practical and innovative data toolkit to help local governments identify, collect, manage, analyze and utilize data. It developed this toolkit to enable them to understand a city’s parameters, govern and plan better for the future. The toolkit takes a composite approach of integrating globally proven decision support tools, along with a suite of in-house tools, to build on established knowledge and methods.

The toolkit also allows City Managers to assess the current maturity of the data ecosystem, and pin-point specific improvement levers. It factors in exogenous aspects, such as the devolution environment, to provide pathways for better data management. A curated set of resources (case studies, manuals etc.) then supports the toolkit, thereby better supporting City Managers.

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