Project background and relevance

Every country needs to describe its social, economic and environmental conditions. Providing this information will generate knowledge on society, which is a prerequisite for evidence-based decision-making.

Available and reliable data on social, economic, political and environmental conditions of people in Africa are key factors for the planning of Africa's development and essential for effective policy-making.

Although Africa is the second most-populated continent with more than one-quarter of all countries in the world, the continent is, by far, the least documented regions in terms of data and information on development and governance. Only a few African countries are able to supply to development actors reliable data on socio-economic, political and environmental conditions.

The lack of reliable information negatively impacts overall development of African countries and all efforts of African governments and international development actors. This has serious implications for the quality of governance and policy decision-making in Africa.

Many national and international development agencies like the World Bank, UNDP and the African Development Bank etc. work to address some of these challenges by producing and managing data on development and governance issues.

However, while most of them focus on statistical data, quantitative and qualitative data based on opinion polls is often not considered in informing policy decision-making.

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